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Listeners of The Howard Stern Show were treated to an awkward conversation on Monday, when David Arquette casually told Howard Stern that he's started drinking again. Arquette, who spills personal information on Stern's show with some frequency, is a recovering alcoholic. But after "two years and four months" of sobriety, he's decided to jump off the wagon. How did Stern, a longtime friend of the actor, respond to his revelation? Two words: "Oy vey." Listen to a clip below.
Throughout the 30-minute conversation, Stern alternated between sympathizing with his friend and worrying about him.
"Are you able to have one or two drinks?" Stern asked hopefully.
"No, I mean, I'm a drinker," Arquette said with a nervous laugh. "So yes, I drink a lot."
Later on, he admitted to having five vodkas during a recent night out. ("It wasn't like I was stumbling around," was his feeble defense.) He also called himself "a wild man," admitting, "I do get out of control."
At the same time, Arquette refused to go into a lot detail, because he didn't want to people to "take all this [information] and just be cruel with it."
"The problem is, people are going to take this and start talking about it, and talking about each other, and that's the problem that's going on: Everybody's talking about everybody else," said Arquette.
Okay, fine: guilty as charged. But if David doesn't want people talking, shouldn't he stay off the radio? And with all the substance-related deaths in Hollywood lately, should he really be angry that his fans are worried?
It almost seemed like his call to Howard Stern was a cry for help, although David insisted he was just there to share his new life philosophy. "It's called the kindness game," he explained. "Kindness is the currency. Love is the new currency. ... It's really about being kinder, and more understanding, and thoughtful, and generous."
And yes, if you were wondering: he did come up with this when he was drunk. "But not that drunk."
The interview didn't turn into a full-on intervention, but Stern and co-host Robin Quivers both told Arquette flat-out that they were worried about him. An angry listener also called in to berate the actor for not thinking about what's best for Coco, 9, his daughter with ex-wife Courteney Cox.
"I've got my own problems. And I will sort them out," Arquette told Stern before hanging up. Hopefully, he means that.