Howard Stern Lashes Out Against Ex-Pal Stuttering John

03/28/2008 02:46 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

John Melendez should have just shut his stuttering trap.

The former Howard Stern sidekick known to fans as "Stuttering John" - who left the Stern show five years ago and now works as an announcer on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" - has made the shock jock angry.

Melendez made an appearance on Adam Carolla's syndicated weekday radio show last Wednesday and ripped Stern, saying he never paid him fairly and didn't fight to keep Melendez when he quit the shock jock's radio show. "He resented me doing any outside work," Melendez said.

Stern bit back with a half-hour rant on his Sirius Satellite show the other day, calling his former underling a "no-talent ingrate."

"I didn't have a beef with him before, but I do now," said Stern. "He's delusional. If he was doing really well, he wouldn't be doing commercials for Tahiti Village. He can go [bleep] himself. I've had it with him, and he's a talentless [bleep]. All he did was stutter."

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