Germaphobe Howard Stern eats out for the first time since 2020

The germ-fearing ‘king of all media’ has finally emerged from his ‘apocalypse bunker’.

Notoriously germaphobe and COVID-fearing Howard Stern — who has been broadcasting from home since March 2020 — went out to dinner in public for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

Stern, 68, dined Saturday night at the Israeli restaurant Laser Wolf in Williamsburg with a host of stars, including Jennifer Aniston, close friend Jimmy Kimmel, Jon Hamm, Justin Theroux and Jason Bateman.

A fellow diner posted a photo online showing a maskless Stern chatting with Hamm, while Kimmel sat nearby.

Another diner told us: “Howard was there without even a mask. They were all seated at a large table, Howard sat next to Jimmy and at one point also seemed to be in a deep conversation with Jon Hamm. Stern told the restaurant staff that this was his first night out since the start of the pandemic.

A photo of Howard Stern dining with Jon Hamm and Jimmy Kimmel at the Williamsburg restaurant Laser Wolf.  Jennifer Aniston can also be seen with her back to the camera
Germaphobe and COVID-cautious Howard Stern finally emerged from his “apocalypse bunker” for a star-studded dinner over the weekend.

Stern has previously described himself as “super paranoid about disease and germs”.

He retired to his sprawling Southampton estate at the start of the pandemic, calling it his “bunker” for “apocalypse broadcasts,” and continued his morning show from the basement.

He even joked that anyone who had to enter his house would first have to be tested for COVID-19 and wear hazmat suits.

Photo of Laser Wolf restaurant in Williamsburg, which has a view of Manhattan and the Empire State Building from its terrace.
Hip restaurant Laser Wolf in Williamsburg gets rave reviews for their live fire brisket kebabs.

Kimmel, 54, even claimed that he and his wife, Molly McNearney, had to be tested twice in order to stay at Stern’s house for a few days over the summer.

In addition, they were not allowed to leave the compound, and if they did, they would not be allowed back in due to possible exposure to COVID.

Stern admitted to the talk show host in November 2022: “For me, [COVID] is still going on and I haven’t left my house. I don’t know how to integrate myself.”

Howard Stern, wearing a black suit, poses on a red carpet with wife Beth Stern in 2019
The shock jock and his wife, Beth Stern, have been holed up in their Hamptons home since March 2020 and rarely venture into it.
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He continued: “I’ve been locked up for so long and haven’t gotten COVID. I’m afraid I’ll be the one who gets COVID and I’m going to die. Even though people don’t seem to die that often [anymore].”

The iconic shock jock confused some fans when he didn’t return to his SiriusXM studio in New York City when it was declared safe and instead chose to continue broadcasting remotely.

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Jon Hamm and Jennifer Aniston were some of the stars who dined at Stern.

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Howard Stern broadcasts live from SiriusXM Hollywood Studios

Jennifer Aniston, who is in NYC to film Apple TV’s “The Morning Show,” was one of the celebrity guests who dined at Stern.

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Though he’s taken walks in the Hamptons on occasion since COVID rules eased, Stern and his wife, Beth Ostrosky, have otherwise rarely gone outside, preferring to stay home with their cats.

“This is my dream,” the radio host told Kimmel, adding that he is “happiest” when he is at home with his wife.

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Jimmy Kimmel has tried to get friend Stern out of his ‘bunker’.
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Meanwhile, Kimmel tries to lure the famous hermit out of the house. He said: ‘We are afraid that we will lose you from society because the longer this goes on, the more comfortable you will feel in that small world. And then it gets harder and harder to get out… it’s unhealthy.”

“F–k it, I’m ay, I know,” Stern admitted, claiming he would eventually go out to dinner with friends.

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