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Howard Stern's former rival breaks down in tears as he recalls shock jock's 'evil' behavior

Howard Stern’s former rival Mancow Muller has slammed the ‘evil’ radio show host and said ‘he can burn in hell’ during an explosive rant in a new documentary series.

Mancow, 57 – whose real name is Matthew Erich Muller – made the sensational comments about his long-time rival while discussing a bitter feud between the pair, which erupted while they were working on competing radio shows back in 1995. 

At the time, the Mancow’s Morning Madhouse host’s father John was battling terminal cancer and Howard made several disparaging comments live on air about his illness, joking that he was going to ‘dig up his corpse’, while also threatening to rape Mancow himself. 

Now, almost 30 years later, Mancow is speaking out about the horrific toll that their feud took on him, breaking down in tears as he slammed Howard’s ‘demonic’ behavior in an episode of Vice TV’s new docuseries, Dark Side of the 2000s, which charts Howard’s rise to the top of the radio show food chain. 

Howard Stern’s former rival Mancow Muller has slammed the ‘evil’ radio show host and said ‘he can burn in hell’ during an explosive rant in a new documentary series 

Mancow, 57, made the sensational comments about Howard (seen in 2014) while discussing a bitter feud between the pair, which erupted back in 1995

Mancow, 57, made the sensational comments about Howard (seen in 2014) while discussing a bitter feud between the pair, which erupted back in 1995

‘I had come to Chicago because it was closer to my father who was dying of cancer,’ Mancow explained. 

‘My father was a $30,000 a year cabinet maker and he became the number one topic on Stern’s show for a year.’

He then recalled some of the things Howard said live on-air amid his father’s illness and passing.

‘The countdown to his death, how he was going to have sex with my mother,’ he claimed as his voice broke.

‘How he was gonna use my mother’s saliva on himself when he raped me, how he was gonna dig up my father’s corpse, he told his listeners to go to my father’s funeral.

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‘You think this is some entertainer? “Oh, he’s made amends, he’s a nice guy now,” he can burn in hell!’ Mancow raged.

During one of his on-air rants about Mancow in the nineties, Howard declared: ‘You are my b***h, you’ve always been my b***h!’

He also referred to himself as ‘the master vampire’ and shockingly told Mancow: ‘They should have shot your father.’

‘What is that? That type of demonic evil, this is wrong,’ Mancow said in disbelief after listening to the clip.

In an interview with A Drink With back in 2013, the former ‘shock jock’ admitted that he fired back with his own brutal takedowns, including making comments about Howard’s own family. 

‘He lost his wife, his daughter was stripping or something,’ he said. ‘If your daughter ends up on the stripper pole or naked on stage, you lose. 

‘You know, I want to take the high road but I can’t here because when my father died he said some very vile things about him. My father died of cancer and he did this radio skit where he dug up the corpse and raped the corpse of my father.’

However, Mancow believes that Howard took things too far in their feud – and the Vice TV documentary revealed that even the radio host’s own team felt that he had crossed a line with his comments.

Jackie Martling, the former head writer for The Howard Stern Show, said of the incident: ‘It was ruthless, he’d start saying horrible things. I didn’t want anybody to think that this is my concept.’

Mancow revealed: ‘His people called me and apologized. The Joke Man, Jackie, wanted me to know, “I didn’t write this, this isn’t funny”, they would tell him: “Howard, you’re gonna lose them, this is a mistake!”‘

Low blow: Mancow slammed Howard for mocking his late father who had died from cancer

Low blow: Mancow slammed Howard for mocking his late father who had died from cancer

Head-to-head: Mancow, pictured here in 2007, described the feud as the 'greatest battle in radio history'

Never forget: Mancow said he doesn't care if Howard appears to be a 'nice guy now'

Head-to-head: Mancow, pictured here in 2007, described the feud as the ‘greatest battle in radio history’

But Howard wasn’t quite finished and decided to send Mancow a pink dress ‘as a symbol that he had been emasculated’.

Mancow took things one step further and admitted: ‘What we did is we got everybody in the station to defecate in the box and we sent it back to him.’

Howard was allegedly enraged by the retaliation and decided to phone Mancow during one of his morning broadcasts.

The duo had it out live on air with Mancow screaming and shouting at his rival before hanging up.

‘It was the greatest battle in radio history and the people of Chicago went “click” and they turned him off,’ Mancow said of their feud.

‘It destroyed him in Chicago, he never beat me in Chicago, he never came close. Turns out there was more people in Chicago that had good in them, and good actually won for once,’ he added.

Elsewhere in the episode, which is titled Howard Stern Vs Opie And Anthony, an even bigger rivalry is addressed.

Gregg ‘Opie’ Hughes and Anthony Cumia also butted heads with Howard and tried their best to provoke him.

In July 2000, Howard, who was the morning host at Infinity’s WXRK, got the company to issue a gag order on their other personalities, preventing them, including Hughes and Cumia, from talking about him or other Infinity hosts. 

Three months earlier, Howard reportedly threatened management with his resignation if they did not go through with his request, after Hughes and Cumia blew the news of a surprise rock concert that he was to announce the following morning.

The father-of-three has broadcast on Sirius XM Radio since 2006, and in 2020 he renewed his contract for five more years.

Dark Side of the 200s premieres on Tuesday on Vice TV

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