while he was still married to Alison. Circa 2007, Howard has bragged on the show that he once fucked an actress who was A list at the time and, at some point an Oscar nominee. I remember his kind of suggesting she was no longer A list, which totally fits. On December 1, 1997 Howard talked on air about going into the city to get this first tattoo on the Friday of his Thanksgiving vacation. He was "escaping" from his family and visiting in-laws. Here is a transcript of the relevant part of that conversation: "I found a tattoo artist with a real good reputation. So I meet Ralph while I'm getting my haircut. And, uh, it was me, Ralph and Rene." Robin interrupts "Who's Rene?" Howard continues "Oh you don't know Rene? I believe she was in Jerry Maguire, Rene Zellweger?" Robin, very impressed, says "Listen to YOU! Oh boy!" Howard: "I don't wanna read in the Globe we're going out or anything. We're just friends" Robin: "Sure" Howard: "She's cute. Very cute. She was the girl in Jerry Maguire, with Tom Fooze." She, as far as I remember, is never mentioned on the show in this context again. About two weeks after getting his first tattoo Howard went under the knife for his first nose job. Indicating that his mid life crisis was in full swing. Married men don't just pal around with women like that. And, less than two years later he would announce his divorce. If you go back and listen to the shows circa 1997-98, it's very clear that Howard is cheating. In around July of 1997 he speaks on air about a picture of him "looking cozy with a blonde" that appeared in the Star. He offered no explanation on air except to say that the picture wasn't what it seemed. Never said who the girl was. There is no mention of this anywhere on line. Soon after this, the Gossip Game started on the show, which I always suspected was part of a deal struck to keep Howard out of the tabloids.