Dan Gross: Ego Alert: Howard Stern not star of producer's memoir

Posted: November 15, 2010

"I MADE IT really clear I wasn't going to write a tell-all book about The Howard Stern Show," says Gary

Dell'Abate, who has produced Stern's show for more than 20 years. Instead,

Dell'Abate writes about his crazy mother, his brother Steven, who died of AIDS, his introduction to radio and to Stern, and covers some of his most embarrassing moments on the show in his new book, "They Call Me Baba Booey," which he'll sign at 6 p.m. Thursday at Borders (1 S. Broad).

One of those embarrassing moments was the pathetic first pitch he threw at CitiField before a game of his beloved Mets. The pitch, for which he hasn't stopped getting goofed on since, hit an umpire nowhere near home plate.

"One day under the right circumstances I would consider it," Dell'Abate said, when we asked if he would ever consider throwing out another first pitch. We spoke before he sucked at throwing again on Jimmy Kimmel's late night show last week, and has since Tweeted that he's done pitching forever.

Dell'Abate says that he doesn't expect anybody who isn't a Stern fan to buy the book, and he hopes those who are fans understand that "the perception that I'm Howard's flunkie that Howard just feels bad for and will never fire" is a joke. As for the future of the show, Dell'Abate says that he'd love to continue. "I think Howard will continue to do it," says

Dell'Abate of Stern, who has been discussing his desire for a lesser workload, if not quitting. "I don't know where he will do it. He's still negotiating with Sirius."

We had to ask Baba Booey for an update about Artie Lange, the Stern show sidekick who tried to kill himself in January. "I speak to him relatively often,"

Dell'Abate said. "He sent me an awesome joke to do on Letterman.

"People ask me, 'When's Artie coming back?' And I tell them he didn't get that way in a week and he won't get better in a week."

Dell'Abate confirmed, however, that eventually Lange will come on air to discuss what happened.

Out and about

* Barbra Streisand toured the Cleopatra exhibit at the Franklin Institute Friday evening, the night before she attended the gala opening of the National Museum of American Jewish History, on Independence Mall. Streisand, who donated to the museum a costume and storyboard from her film "Yentl," was a guest but did not perform Saturday at the event headlined by Jerry Seinfeld and Bette Midler. The museum opens to the public on Nov. 26.

Friday night, Streisand and husband James Brolin, dined at chef Daniel Stern's R2L at Two Liberty Place. Sunday afternoon the couple headed back to Los Angeles with friends Caroline and Sidney Kimmel, with whom they sat Saturday night along with other friends, such as radio legend Jerry Blavat. The Kimmels' Foundation donated $25 million toward construction of the museum.

* Actor/filmmaker Vincent Gallo stopped by Ian St. Laurent and Dennis Wolffang's weekly Night Train party at Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front) late Thursday night after performing with his band RRIICCEE at the North Star Bar (27th & Poplar).

* Phillies outfielder Raul Ibanez and Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen brought their kids to meet Justin Bieber backstage before his Wells Fargo Center concert last night. Flyers winger Scott Hartnell, who doesn't have kids, also met the teen superstar, which we imagine will result in teasing by his teammates.

Butch Patrick enters rehab

Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster on "The Munsters," has checked into a New Jersey rehab facility "to deal with a lifetime problem of substance abuse," said his agent, Jodi Blau Ritzen. For several months Patrick, 57, lived in West Chester with former Eagles cheerleader Donna McCall, who had a childhood crush on the boy werewolf and traded letters with Patrick.

The pair reconnected this year and began dating but, as we recently reported, they split up.

Anchor takes the stage

6ABC anchor Rick Williams is starring as Nathan Detroit in the Moorestown Theater Company's production of "Guys & Dolls," which plays the Hope Community Church (235 W. Main) in Moorestown Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Williams has appeared in several other MTC productions, including "Beauty and the Beast."

'Bad Girls Club' casting call

Oxygen's "Bad Girls Club" is once again casting in Philly.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Triumph Brewing Company (117 Chestnut), the show will be seeking women who like to drink, f--- and fight. You must be 21 and bring a recent photo of yourself.

* The show's last Philly casting produced Catya Washington, who Philadelphia Police and the District Attorney's Office believe is indeed a bad girl. Washington faces a hearing Nov. 22 over a Nov. 2 arrest on drug and gun charges, and has another preliminary hearing Dec. 14 over a summer aggravated-assault arrest.

Radio hosts infiltrate 'DNL'

It's radio week on Comcast SportsNet's "Daily News Live."

Nick McIlwaine and CaseyBoy Foster, of 93.3 WMMR's Preston and Steve show, are on tonight; Power 99's Eddie F is on tomorrow; 102.9 WMGK's John DeBella appears Wednesday; 94 WYSP's Spike (whose father, Howard Eskin, talks sports on 610 WIP) will be on Thursday; and 95.7 BEN FM's Marilyn Russell is on Friday. The show airs at 5 p.m. "Daily News Live" host Michael Barkann will appear on the guests' radio shows throughout the week.

Visit PhillyGossip.com for Dan's latest updates or follow PhillyGossip on Twitter. Have a tip? Call 215-854-5963, or e-mail grossd@phillynews.com. For recent columns, visit go.philly.com/dangross.

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