Kevin did a whole segment about how he came on the show and gave Gary his number, then Gary started calling him because Howard had a question - sometimes at 3 or 4 in the morning (LA time). He mentioned to Gary, that, while he's a friend of the show, he can't have them calling every week at that hour. The fat jokes and feuding started from there.
Penn, Rogan, Kevin Smith, Colin, Gilbert, Rock, DiPaolo
aside from Gilbert, these guys are on O&A all the time. what gives?
Funny and opinionated guests are bad for two reasons. Number one, they have a tendency to chime in which prolongs things and Howard wants to be down the private elevator and in the limo by 10:03 A:M. Number two, after about 2 minutes of banter, it becomes even more painfully obvious how unfunny Howard is in comparison.
Speaking of Colin, he would be my number one pick to fill the Artie chair. Knows the show, fast on his feet, funny, and sober - so he's one of the few comedians that could be up at that hour. Sadly, Wiggie would probably have to surrender close to 0.3% of his salary to land him so it will never happen.
Everything about it is lazy- from the lack of actual days a year he's on the air, to the lack of content when he is. The producer is now such a big star, that he waits for people to call him to book themselves. Putting content on the other channel is too much work as well. Much easier to just recycle the same old tapes.
So why have guests on? They just mess with the "flow" of the show. Gilbert is too dangerous. He might say something that makes Howie look bad. Chris Rock is way too dangerous, because he will come right out and attack Howie, and he's too fast and funny for Howard to have a battle of wits with.
Can somebody tell why Joe Rogan doesn't come on the HS show?
I really love the Joe Rogan Experience.
I'm not sure of all the details, but I think Joe was slightly put off by not getting the gig when Artie was hired on, but he didn't like Howard going on air and saying that Joe's angry and hates women.
More recently he's said that he has no animosity towards Howie and he'd do the show if asked....