Howard Stern opens up to David Letterman about their feud: ‘There was no rhyme or reason to it’

Mending fences. Howard Stern moved on from his feud with David Letterman, and now he is opening up about what was behind their spat.

“I was just a young man full of rage and I was angry. I was angry with you, that you were on television, that you had an audience. There was no rhyme or reason to it,” Stern told Letterman during the Thursday, May 31, episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. “I could not love anyone. I couldn’t respect anyone. I just thought this was who I was.”

The radio personality and the 71-year-old comedian were longtime friends before their feud began. Stern began bashing Letterman and his wife, Regina Lasko, which led to a falling out between the pair. “Words had no meaning to me. Words didn’t hurt,” the Howard Stern Show host, 64, explained. “Of course, they hurt me if somebody says something bad, but as far as I was concerned, ‘Oh, everything’s a joke. Words don’t mean anything.’”

 

 

Therapy ultimately led Stern to apologize and reconcile with Letterman and himself. The America’s Got Talent alum agreed with the host that he didn’t have much self-esteem before. “And I think just really a lack of self-examination,” he said. “I think through psychotherapy I started to fall in love with life a little bit. I started to appreciate what was good.”

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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)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - ABC's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' returned to the host's hometown of Brooklyn, New York for five original shows which tape live from the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Howard Gilman Opera House. The guests for FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23 included radio & TV personality Howard Stern ('The Howard Stern Show') and musical guest Public Enemy. (Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Howard Stern attends the Broadway Opening Night Performance of 'Allegiance' at the Longacre Theatre on November 8 ,2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- Episode 1026 -- Pictured: Howard Stern -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 11: Howard Stern attends 'America's Got Talent' Season 10 Pre-Show Red Carpet Event at Radio City Music Hall on August 11, 2015 in New York City. PHOTOGRAPH BY Photo Image Press / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Photo Image Press / Barcroft Med via Getty Images)
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)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 08: 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 Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
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)
AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- Madison Square Garden Auditions -- Pictured: (l-r) Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Nick Cannon, Melanie Brown (Mel B), Howie Mandel -- (Photo by: Craig Blankenhorn/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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)
NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 20: Howard Stern attends the 'America's Got Talent' Season 9 photo call at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on February 20, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
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 continued: “And one of those things was my relationship with you — that I could appreciate what you had done for me. I had betrayed your trust and I was ashamed. Here, the reality was I loved you and I really felt strongly about you.”

The good in his life also includes wife Beth: “I couldn’t have been in a relationship with Beth until I’d opened up. I wouldn’t have been a good husband. I didn’t want to screw it up again.”

The season finale of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction is now streaming on Netflix.

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NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: US Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore (R) with talk show host David Letterman 14 September, 2000 after the taping of Letterman's show at the Sullivan Theater in New York City. AFP PHOTO/ Luke FRAZZA (Photo credit should read LUKE FRAZZA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Republican presidental candidate and Texas Governor George W. Bush (L) poses for photographers with David Letterman after concluding taping of the 19 October 2000 Late Show with David Letterman in New York. Bush read the Top Ten list poking fun at what he might do if elected. AFP Photo by Paul J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
BAGHDAD, IRAQ - DECEMBER 24: In this handout photo provided by the U.S. Air Force, 'Late Show' television host David Letterman entertains soldiers at the Coalition Provisional Authority headquarters December 24, 2003 in Baghdad, Iraq. (Photo by Reynaldo Ramon/U.S. Air Force via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 7: Tina Fey takes off her dress after her last appearance on the CBS Late Show with David Letterman, Thursday May 7, 2015 on the CBS Television Network (Photo by John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images)
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