Howard Stern’s advice to Ellen DeGeneres: ‘Just be a p—k’

Well, it’s worked for him!

Howard Stern has weighed in on Ellen DeGeneres’ seeming fall from grace, saying that if he were in the talk show host’s shoes, he would “change [his] whole image.”

“I’d go on the air and be a son of a bitch,” he said Monday on SiriusXM’s “Howard Stern Show.” “People would come on and [I would] go, ‘F–k you.’ Just be a p—k.”

Stern continued, “So you think I’m a p—k? I’m going to show you exactly. … I’m known on the air as a p—k, but off the air, I’m known as a great guy, you know, for the most part.”

Stern, 65, and DeGeneres, 62, have been friends for some time — he even remarried his wife Beth on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in 2019 — and he made his “rebranding” suggestion with the caveat that he thinks DeGeneres should try and work things out with her staff first.

Stern, who mentioned that he’s been working from his Hamptons home during the pandemic, said that he counts among his staffers a writer who’s been late to work “900 times” without recrimination and that the brouhaha over the culture at “Ellen” has moved him to re-evaluate his own show.

“You know who’s abused in my workplace?” he asked. “Me.”

Earlier this month, Page Six exclusively reported that Stern’s contract renewal at SiriusXM — his current deal is up at the end of the year — may be the biggest of the star’s career, should he decide to continue.

Whether DeGeneres intends on following Stern’s advice when she returns to work on Aug. 24 for “Ellen’s Game of Games” remains to be seen. Insiders say either way, she has no intention of quitting, despite the avalanche of bad publicity — and concurrent ratings drop — she’s faced since a March Twitter thread began a pile-on by former staffers accusing her of creating a toxic workplace environment.

While several celebrities, including Kevin Hart and Katy Perry, have offered support to DeGeneres, it’s done little to stem the flow of anecdotes about her allegedly nasty streak, including one by a Louisiana man who claimed DeGeneres bullied him as an 11-year-old when she worked at his mother New Orleans staffing agency early in her career.

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