America’s most abused man has his own book. They Call Me Baba Booey is the story of Gary Patrick Dell’Abate. For more than 27 years as the producer of the Howard Stern Show and is abused verbally by Howard Stern but is laughing all the way to the bank.
People always come up to me and ask about the show. The number one question they ask: How do you deal with taking so much abuse? My stock answer is that it’s all in good fun and that we all love each other. I tell people we are like a family and that I love the show. If I really hated it, I would have left a long time ago.
That is all true.
But there is another way I could answer that question. I grew up in an insanely chaotic house and I developed a hard shell way before I met my radio family. My mom suffered from mental illness and depression, and that made every day different and something of a challenge. When I first started seeing a shrink some years ago he said, “So when you walked in the house every day, you didn’t know if you were going to get punched in the face or hugged? Does that sound familiar? It sounds like the same thing, every time you open the door to the studio.”