Howard Stern’s backhanded eulogy for ex-program director Kevin Metheny: ‘A Nazi vampire’
‘He was the villain in my life’: The shock jock, who called his former boss ‘Pig Virus’ in his autobiography, compared their adversarial relationship to Batman and The Joker but said he was ‘sad’ to hear of his death.
By David Hinckley
New York Daily Times
Published Monday, October 6, 2014
Howard Stern eulogized his old program director Kevin Metheny Monday as a “Nazi vampire.”
But, he added, he will miss him.
“He was the villain in my life,” Stern said on his SiriusXM radio show. “It’s like Batman and The Joker.”
When Metheny programmed New York’s now-defunct WNBC from 1980 to 1984, Stern became the new afternoon host and famously dubbed Metheny “Pig Virus.”
In the 1997 movie version of Stern autobiography “Private Parts,” the Metheny character became the devious and inept “Pig Vomit,” played by Paul Giamatti.
Metheny, 60, died Friday while working at his latest programming job, KGO and KSFO in San Francisco.
He was on the phone with his boss when he said, “Hold on a minute,” and the line went dead.
His boss asked staff members to check on him and they rushed him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead of a heart attack.
Stern said Monday that he was “sad” to hear the news and sad for Metheny’s family, noting he left two daughters and many friends in the business.
Stern did not, however, back off from his long-running declarations that Metheny was a bad boss who intimidated employees and would humiliate them in front of their peers.
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