‘Gilligan’s Island’: One Star ‘Turned’ Howard Stern Around About Show in Interview

by Will Shepard

During the mid-1960s, Gilligan’s Island was one of the hottest shows on television. Almost everyone in the U.S. loved the show, but there were a few outliers.

One person, of note, who didn’t love the show was Howard Stern. The media mogul sat down with Dawn Wells many years after the show had concluded to talk about Gilligan’s Island.

In 2015, the co-star of Gilligan’s Island had a phone interview with Zachary Mule about her life. She talked about a variety of things, one of which was Howard Stern. Dawn Wells noted that there was never any interview that she disliked. She added that they were always positive interactions.

But, then, Wells remembered one specific time with Stern. She said years ago she went on The Howard Stern Show to talk about the show. This was back in the 1990s when Howard Stern was at the peak of his hectic shows.

The “Gilligan’s Island” Star

Wells was not altogether pleased with how the show went. “Well, it was the most embarrassing thing in the whole world,” the Gilligan’s Island star said. “They did a skit where the Skipper had died… and Mrs. Howell was pregnant and was played by a guy with a hairy chest. Bob (Denver) and I looked at each other like, ‘Do we walk off or do we continue?'”

Nonetheless, Wells wanted to correct her experience with Howard Stern. So, she decided, that several years later she would give his radio show a chance after he asked her to come on.

“I said to my PR guy, yeah, let me sit down with him for an hour. And I turned him around completely,” Wells proudly stated. “We got through all of the nonsense right at the beginning. And we ended up talking about the difference between female education and male education in school. And the nitty-gritty of who Mary Ann is, which we all know…”

So, in typical Dawn Wells fashion, she was able to turn Howard Stern into a fan. Not only did she turn him into a fan of hers, but also of Gilligan’s Island.

As the media mogul will readily admit, he was a fan of the short-lived show. He has also noted that it was a shame the show was pulled so early. However, he does understand that the show was never all that popular during its time on air.