I apologize in advance for the length of this post I don't think it's just a rumor anymore that Gilbert Gottfried has been banned from the Howard Stern Show. He hasn't been on in nearly 3 years and has recently (via social media) made allusions to no longer being welcome there. Today I was surprised to learn that when one Googles "Gilbert Gottfried banned from Stern" a variety of news sites confirm just that! It should be noted that virtually all of these sites have no credibility and are simply copy/paste-ing the same story with no investigation on their part. Spoiler Converesely, that same Google seach hit on a few reddit entries and message board posts that did prove helpful. Also, the story they're reporting is over 20 years old, from when Gilbert WAS banned from the Show by Howard for appearing on then-competitor John DeBella's morning show back in the.. what? Late 80's maybe? Of course this isn't what people are looking for. It's a rather cruel bit Howard pulled on Gilbert way back in the day. Obviously, that ban didn't last, but this new one - the one we want information about - seems to have stuck. I went back through MarksFriggin to see exactly where the end came. Obviously, Gilbert's banishment wasn't announced to the masses, but when searching the simple phrase "Gilbert Gottfried Visits" you are returned a semi-complete legend of the comic's last decade of appearances: 2005 - October 2006 - February, September, November 2007 - January, March, April, July, October 2008 - January, June, Sept 2009 - June 2010 - January, November 2011 - April 2012 - October Mark may be missing a few, but this is the count I came up with: In 2007, Gilbert had 5 visits. In 2012, just one. And nothing since. I decided to examine the most recent appearances. I listened to most of them and read the MarksFriggin for all of them: 11-17-2010 I remember hearing this one live. Gilbert is on for his usual hour-long segment, teasing his upcoming book to be published the following Spring. This is also the episode where the infamous Cupcake Incident took place. Minutes after Gilbert's segment ends, this happens: I find it interesting that's all that was said about the whole mess that day. Everyone, though disgusted, seems to understand it's a gag - albeit a gross one. Honestly, the whole thing seems like a work to push HowardTV.. 30 minutes later, Gilbert (presumably at home or on his way home) calls in to ask Howard if he would be good enough to write the foreword to his upcoming memoir. Howard, of course, refuses, claiming he was done writing forewords after Greg Fitzsimmons cajoled him into writing his. You know who reminds me of a damaged woman? Instead of going to therapy, Stern should have sucked it up and written the foreword. That would've been the right thing to do. Instead, he snubs someone who added so much to the show for so many years. If you want to retire from writing forewords, fine, but do so AFTER Gilbert's. That would be classy and actually make sense. Spoiler: FlashForward After Gilbert's next appearance, Howard will reveal he belives Gilbert is secretly angry with him. Gee, I wonder why that might be?? During this episode's Wrap-Up Show, a caller asks a question that receives an unusually satisfying answer from Gary: I meant "satisfying" in that it confirms a lot of things we already knew, though doesn't give any real insight into why they were decided upon. 4-26-2011 At the beginning of the episode, Howard says he thinks he's "done with Gilbert" for mentioning him in his book in what Howard interpreted as an unflattering manner. He seems to be half-joking, but I think he's also foreshadowing.. This Gilbert interview is a good one. The Cupcake Incident is never brought up and Gilbert has Howard laughing hard several times. Howard seems to really enjoy the segment. During the Wrap Up show Gary says Gilbert "was great today" and they got a lot out of him for once. Although,he thought Howard was genuinely hurt by Gilbert "painting him as an asshole in a book 15 years later." Note - This Gilbert appearance resulted in the infamous Wall Spitting Incident, yet it was never brought up during that day's Show or Wrap-Up Show. This incident seems to be another HowardTV exclusive that won't be mentioned until the next day.. Spoiler i.e. until it is in the can and ready for purchase 4-27-2011 Forty-five minutes into the show, spurred by a "random" phone call from Wheels, the Wall Spitting Incident from the previous day is finally brought up. Howard says he has a "weird thing going on with Gilbert" that he's "gonna hafta deal with". This cues the convenient HowardTV mentions ("I don't wanna see the clip, guys, cuz I'll throw up!") as Robin feigns shock upon learning of it for the first time. Howard believes Gilbert is angry with him about something; that Gilbert is "really spitting on him" and that it's disrespectful. Wheels interjects conveniently (and totally non-scripted) "You gotta throw him out, Howard.." By now I feel it's obvious this is manufactured controversy designed to keep the show compelling and sell a couple HowardTV subs. Their sleight-of-hand is well oiled, but doesn't hold up under the scrutiny that naturally accompanies hindsight. After their poorly veiled on-air commercial, the Wall Spitting is never again mentioned during the show. The Wrap Up Show was another story.. Jon mentions the spitting, to which Gary responds (verbatim): "You should get Tim (Sabean) in here. Tim was fucking livid yesterday. He came into my office, goes 'That's it! Fuck him! He's never coming back here. That was bullshit!' Tim got very, very upset by it." Tim addresses his disgust with the incident. Says he missed seeing it happen, but they played him the tape ($$$) and he became enraged. Says he had to have a special cleaning crew come in and wash down everything. Benjy chimes in, implying that they (HowardTV) may have goaded Gilbert into it by asking "Hey are you gonna spit again??" *wink-wink*nudge-nudge* Jon picks up on it and spells it out "Are you saying he was encouraged by the HowardTV guys to.." Benjy says that's his guess. Tim adds he seriously doubts Gilbert will be allowed back in the building. HowardTV camera man Greg Karmel claims he didn't encourage Gilbert; that Gilbert asked about the cupcakes after he came out of the studio. Greg told him there were no cupcakes today, but showed him where they usually sit, saying "Here's where you would normally spit on the cupcakes." Gilbert responds by - you guessed it - spitting on the table. Ronnie later says Greg did indeed remind Gilbert to spit on the table. Gary agrees that Gilbert probably was encouraged by HowardTV. Ronnie says he would have made Gilbert clean it up, but worried doing so might ruin whatever HowardTV was doing. They are literally admitting to it at this point, yet it seems Gilbert wasn't in on the gag, as he tweeted his response to it later that day: So, like everyone else, I'd always assumed Gilbert was banned for the spitting, BUT..