Howard Stern reveals reason for his controversial 'personal day'

Howard Stern finally broke his silence on the controversial "personal day" he took last week -- and it turns out he was just sick!

The 63-year-old SiriusXM host unexpectedly went off air with no known explanation last Wednesday. The radio personality has reportedly never taken a day off since his show launched in 1985, causing fans to panic and theorize on his whereabouts.

"There was a lot of speculation, 'Where was I on Wednesday?' Many people pointed out that me taking what they call a 'personal day,' by the way, I never said 'personal day.' I didn't take a personal day, I took a sick day and I'm still sick, you can still hear it in my voice," Stern said on his show on Monday.

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07: Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky attend Cleveland Cavaliers vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on December 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Howard Stern impersonator, Stewart Brodian poses at the 69 presentation during MADE Fashion Week September 2016 at Milk Studios on September 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 24: Beth Ostrosky Stern and husband Howard Stern pose at the opening night arrivals for 'Bright Star' on Broadway at The Cort Theatre on March 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 19: Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky Stern are seen in Midtown on June 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 24: Howard Stern and Beth Stern attends the Broadway Opening Night Performance of 'Bright Star' at the Cort Theatre on March 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Howard Stern attends the 2015 North Shore Animal League America Gala at The Pierre Hotel on November 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Howard Stern, Beth Stern attends the 2015 North Shore Animal League America Gala at The Pierre Hotel on November 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
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EAST HAMPTON, NY - JULY 24: Howard Stern and Beth Stern attend the 'Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation' screening at United Artists East Hampton Cinema on July 24, 2015 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Steven A Henry/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 08: TV/Radio personality Howard Stern arrives at the 'America's Got Talent' Season 10 red carpet event at Dolby Theatre on April 8, 2015 in Hollywood, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: (L-R) Howard Stern, Billy Joel and Robin Quivers attend SiriusXM's Town Hall with Billy Joel hosted by Howard Stern at The Cutting Room on April 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 22: Radio/TV personality Howard Stern arrives at 'America's Got Talent' red carpet event at the Dolby Theatre on April 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 22: Howard Stern attends 'America's Got Talent' Red Carpet Event held at the Dolby Theater on April 22, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 20: Howard Stern attends Season 9 of America's Got Talent auditions at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on February 20, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Howard Stern speaks onstage at 'Howard Stern's Birthday Bash' presented by SiriusXM, produced by Howard Stern Productions at Hammerstein Ballroom on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Howard Stern speaks onstage at 'Howard Stern's Birthday Bash' presented by SiriusXM, produced by Howard Stern Productions at Hammerstein Ballroom on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Robin Quivers and Howard Stern attend 'Howard Stern's Birthday Bash' presented by SiriusXM, produced by Howard Stern Productions at Hammerstein Ballroom on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky Stern attend 'Howard Stern's Birthday Bash' presented by SiriusXM, produced by Howard Stern Productions at Hammerstein Ballroom on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Howard Stern and Beth Stern attend 'Howard Stern's Birthday Bash' presented by SiriusXM, produced by Howard Stern Productions at Hammerstein Ballroom on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
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He then continued his epic rant, fully establishing that he's an adult who can do whatever he wants:

"Why was it such a big deal that I took a f–-king day off? I wanted to take off today because my voice is still shot, but I was afraid to. I felt so f--king guilty. I missed a day of work and all of a sudden it's bigger news than James Comey." said Stern. "These a---s started calling my mother's house, what am I, 5? If I miss a day of work, you don't call my mother, you call my wife, I'm married. They're calling my mother to see why I'm missing school."

Many theories emerged on social media, including some pretty outrageous ones. Fans speculated that one of his parents died after one Reddit user claimed that Stern once said that it would be the only reason he'd take a day off.

His wife, Beth, revealed that "everything is great" on Friday after madness ensued on the internet -- and it turns out she was right!

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 27: Executive Producer of The Howard Stern Show Gary Dell'Abate speaks during Celebrity Superfan Roundtable on Howard Stern's exclusive SiriusXM Channel Howard 101 at Sonos Studio on May 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
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