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|I can't blame long time fans for being disenchanted with Howard Stern changing his outlook and style over the years. It isn't the same show in many ways, although it is more similar than many would care to admit. As a parallel, I used to be a big fan of Bill Simmons from his early days on Page 2 of ESPN.com when he was the Boston Sports Guy. Marriage, his move to Los Angeles, his desire to be more serious and be taken more seriously, writing less and becoming a podcaster primarily, anointing himself as an NBA expert when he's just a superfan, and regular person stuff like getting married and having kids has changed him and made him less entertaining to me. That said, I can't begrudge Howard or Simmons for changing. Howard got divorced, remarried, went to therapy, had his battle with censors, pressure groups, and the FCC end with the move to SiriusXM, and generally calmed down.
Howard isn't the same guy that he was in the mid 1990s when I first got to see him on the E! show (we didn't get him on the radio around here for several more years and not for long when we did, he bombed in the Twin Cities). Simmons isn't the same guy that he was when he blew up on ESPN.com around 2001. I am certainly not the same guy now that I was in either of those years, so it is unreasonable to expect either one of them to have remained unchanged. Putting aside whatever is an act for the audience, they are real people, not characters that can be theoretically left the same for nearly 30 years like on The Simpsons.