David Letterman ‘loves’ Howard Stern but admits ‘I just think arm’s length may be the way to go’

David Letterman returned to late night television, Tuesday, when he sat down on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. The former host of The Late Show discussed a lot of things, most notably his ongoing friendship with radio host Howard Stern. The two worked in the same building and became friends. But their relationship deteriorated when Stern, seemingly unprovoked, started insulting Letterman and his wife Regina Lasko.

“In those days Howard was a shock jock. And I was always afraid of Howard. Because I didn’t want Howard to say unpleasant things about me… But he did.”

In 2018, Stern apologized on Letterman’s Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman. Since then the two have remained friends.

“I only talk to him about once a year,” said Letterman. “That’s plenty. And the last time it was a mistake.”

Recently, Letterman thought Stern sent him one of his highly-coveted original paintings as a token of their friendship.

“There’s a beautiful painting, a watercolor,” said Letterman. “And so I text him right back. I said, ‘Wow, Howard, that’s unbelievable’. And then when I get home I call him. And he says, ‘Oh, yeah, I sent that to you by mistake.’ So I love Howard. I just think arm’s length may be the way to go here.”

Jimmy Kimmel Live airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on ABC.

Watch as Selma Blair stuns with cartwheel and splits on ‘Dancing With the Stars’:

Read more from Yahoo Entertainment:

Tell us what you think! Hit us up on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. And check out our host, Kylie Mar, on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.