Awhile back, someone on Dawgs posted a link to an article Emily Stern did with the Jewish Journal to promote a play she was in. The article was from Sept. 2008 and described Emily this way:
She says her interests lie in her spiritual and artistic endeavors: attending the Romemu (Jewish Renewal) synagogue and its Red Tent women's group in Manhattan; integrating Jewish practice into the Transcendental Meditation her entire family has practiced since she was young; studying the use of Balinese masks to create theater; performing and recording her original songs; and, currently, playing the lead in an offbeat science fiction rock musical, "Earth Sucks," a meditation on global harmony.
Does this sound like someone who would listen to or have respect for Howard's radio show? This is someone the exact opposite of Howard, and other than TM, these are things he would eagerly rag on someone else for. I would think someone like Emily would be completely offended by most of the things Howard does. I also don't think she would care about things like AGT or his celebrity friends.
Stern experienced her father as a loving, protective parent; she says she was not explicitly forbidden from tuning in to his program (famous for its naked women and other outrageous scenarios).
"But there was the sense of 'You wouldn't want to listen; it's not your father.'" The suggestion was that Stern's public persona was an act, and that the real Howard Stern was an intensely private family man devoted to his then-wife, Allison, and three daughters.
When Emily secretly watched the radio show's late-night TV broadcast, she was confused by her father's high-energy, improvisational performance.
"I remember being like, 'That isn't my dad. Who is this?' Then once I reached the age when it was maybe acceptable to listen ... it really just wasn't what I was interested in, in seeing my dad that way, and also the content."
She further felt lost then, she said, because her parents had recently divorced: "All the time there was my dad on the radio with women, doing whatever, I had such a strong knowingness and belief in my parents' marriage," she said. "The loss of that bond between mother and father -- I can't tell you how shattering that was."
Asked if she foresaw the divorce, the actress responded, "Living this character on the radio, there's only so much you can say, 'It's not me' before you embody it -- I think that's a bit of what happened." She said she has come to understand that her father has been in the process of "integrating all selves," which is important for every person to do.
So she was aware of who he was on-air and that she wouldn't want to see this awful character her father played, and when her parents divorced she realized her father had turned into (or always was) that horrible character he "played" on his radio show. I think that says a lot about her relationship with her father today. And I think Howard realizes it.
Full article: http://www.jewishjournal.com/hollywo..._off_20080928/