The Stern staff has long used the phrase "friend of the show" to imply that there are celebrities who are partial to THSS over other shows. I infer that what they're implying is that they have special access to a number of celebrities. I've always thought the term "friend of the show" was the faggiest fucking term I'd ever heard. It just sounds retarded and is also untrue. Sure there are washed-up has-beens like Joan Rivers or D-list folks like Kathy Griffin and Lisa Lampenelli who appear a lot. But where the fuck else are they supposed to go? Nobody is looking for those women to sit down and plug their shit. Same with that horrible band "Train." Those folks are only "friends" in that they have shit they need to plug and nobody else will put them on. Then there are those retards who do Celebrity Super Fan Round Table....again, nobody is looking for them. Obviously a number of them have personal relationships with Howard--I suppose that makes them his friend, but I wouldn't go so far as to claim they're friends of the show. Don't get me started about how Gary claimed that Patrice O'Neal was "one of our guys" and stating that they put him on the map. A bigger lie has never been told.