One of Howard Stern’s longtime producers on the show, and frequent on-air talent, Brent Hatley, has left the show after a series of events including several very heated incidents involving his wife, Katelyn.
In the past few weeks, Brent has been noticeable absent from the show after the topic of his swinging lifestyle became a focal point on the show. Also, Hatley has been open about some recent medical issues he had been suffering from, including headaches and vision problems.
“After six great years, I’ve decided to leave SirisuXM Pandora. I’d like to thank Howard Stern for his kindness and for the opportunity to work on his show and channels on two different occasions. Some of the best work of my career was done there. The staff on-air and behind the scenes at The Howard Stern Channels are people that work and perform at the highest level every single day. It was an honor to work alongside each and every one of them. I will miss the all dearly,” Hatley posted in a statement on Instagram.
He continued, “To the fans of the Howard Stern Show, you are truly the most unique and wide-ranging fanbase in all of entertainment. It’s been a humbling experience to perform for you on-air and behind the scenes. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for any amount of time that you spent listening while I was part of the show.”
It’s unclear if the swinging discussions or his medical issues are the reasoning behind the abrupt departure from the show, as many fans of Stern’s believed some of the on-air antics wouldn’t actually spill over and cause issues in their real lives.
But, in the same resignation letter, Brent promises to announce his newest venture, saying, “My newest endeavor will be announced today.” So it’s possible he is just moving on to a new gig.
Fans of the show immediately took to social media to react to the news. One person wrote, “Thanks for being so open and honest about your life. It made for great entertainment. Good luck on whatever comes next.”
Another added, “Damn Brent. One of the best on the show! We’ll miss you. #SuperSteamy”
A few fans were shocked at the news, and had a opinions as to what may have happened. “What??? Ahhh man Brent you were thee best part of the show. I’m gonna miss you buddy. I hope this isn’t real but if it is, may you have a greater career,” one fan posted.
“It obviously didn’t end well……. Howard couldn’t say goodbye on air for the fans?????” another added.
As always, the speculation is running wild after something like this happens with many people asking, “Does that mean Howard is retiring?”