There’s far more to Beth Stern than being the wife of shock jock and self-proclaimed King of All Media Howard Stern. The model turned her love of dogs into the book Oh My Dog, and is also the host of HGTV’s new renovation series Mom Caves, which premieres May 12 at 7:30pm, just in time for Mother’s Day.
What has been your strangest fan encounter?
I always find it surprising when people just hand me their dogs to hold them. I’m still a stranger to the animal, and I always feel so bad for them. But it never fails, every single day. Sometimes [they don’t even want pictures]; I don’t know what they think is going to happen once I hold their dogs. I’d love to know. I’ll have to ask next time.
Aside from Mom Caves, of course, if your TV only carried three shows, which three would you pick?
Obviously, America’s Got Talent. My husband’s the new judge, so I don’t want to miss an episode of that. The Bachelor, and any Friday Night Lights rerun.
You’re at a magazine rack and can only pick three titles. Which ones do you choose?
Well, Us Weekly, for sure. A fashion magazine, let’s say Harper’s Bazaar. I love SELF; I’m definitely a workout fanatic and into eating healthy.
When was the last time you were starstruck?
I was at a party that Jimmy Kimmel had for my husband, and I met and had a really nice conversation with Sandra Bullock. We talked about her handicapped dogs and we talked about our mutual love for animals, and I really thought she was just phenomenal. I was definitely in awe.
What are three things you have to have in your fridge or pantry?
Salted cashews — I eat those every day; Supreme Protein bars — I like the peanut butter and jelly ones; and PopCorners — they’re shaped as chips, but it’s really popcorn. The kettle flavor is my favorite.
Has there ever been anything you bought for one of your dogs that you later thought was a bit extravagant?
I may have gone a little overboard in that my dog has a fluffy dog bed in every room of our house except for our master bedroom. She snores, so we’re trying to keep her out of our bedroom, but I overcompensated by putting beautiful, fluffy beds in every room.
What would a Howard Stern man cave look like?
His latest hobby is photography, so I guess it would have to be a studio for all his equipment. Right now all of his cameras and flashes and tripods are completely taking over our house. His man cave would be well-lit, and I guess I would cover the walls with all his photographs of me.
Photo: Credit: Howard Stern