I never listen to John's podcast, but this one was actually kind of interesting. The interview was from a couple weeks ago.
Richie Wilson no longer speaks to Scott Depace. They had a falling out over politics.
John says his "mole" told him Gary pulled everyone on the show aside and said if anyone talks to ex-Stern staff, they’ll be blacklisted. Richie confirms the story. Says he heard it from multiple people including current and former staff members. John talks about his friend Derek Jones. Derek was a writer on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. John contacted Will Murray and helped get him a job on the Stern Show in 2015. He goes on to say Derek is afraid to talk to him now. Richie tells a story about how he was in town near the Sirius building asking various staff out for lunch via text. He says they blew him off with lame excuses.
A staff member told Richie that Gary was going around the office blaming him (Richie) for recent leaks.
Ronnie and Richie have always been close. Ronnie was a groomsman at Richie’s wedding. Richie talks about how Ronnie was pulled into Marci’s office and was told no more talking or hanging out with Richie. Ronnie apparently stood up for himself. Told them Richie is his boy, they don’t ever talk about the show, and he’s still going to talk to him.
Richie only talks to current staff members Ronnie and Richard Christie.
Richie mentions when he first started working there he told Howard on air that his friends were douchebag losers and users who drop Howard’s name all the time. He's specifically talking about Richie Notar, Ross Zapin, and Dominic Barbara. He says Howard was extremely pissed over this.
They talk about the Birthday Show. Richie talks about how the show acted like they had no tickets and by the start of the show, they were handing out tickets to people on the street. He tells a story he heard about how Chuck Zito showed up and Ross Zapin didn’t want to let him in. “He hid behind the door like a little bitch. He’s like ‘Sal, tell him he can’t come in.’ He was trying to make other people get in trouble with Chuck. He didn’t have to balls to come out and say ‘You can’t come in.’”
Richie says the first time he met Ross Zapin was at Scores. He said Ross got up in his face and started yelling at him. Zapin yelled “Who the fuck are you? Are you the new retarded Grillo?”
There’s a story (told by John's co host) about how after Howard wrote his book, Benjy went to Don Buchwald. Benjy was upset because he wrote half the questions in the book for Howard and that he at least deserves a writing credit. Don obviously did not agree. (edit: Apparently this was discussed on the Stern Show)
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