Unfriending your Boss on Facebook

On the Howard Stern Show this week Gary ‘Baba Booey’ Dell’Abate unfriended his long time boss and friend Howard Stern on Facebook.

Besides admitting on the wrap up show he unfriended him because he wants a more “private” space and didn’t want Howard seeing pictures in the green room with the NY Mets or of pictures of his kids at the game he didn’t even unfriend him right as Jason Kaplan pointed out on the show.

He actually still had his Facebook profile completely public to everyone. Here is the synopsis from the Howard Stern Show site:

Bobo called in later in the morning with possibly his best question ever – but Howard already knew what he was going to bring up, so he cut him off nevertheless.

“Groundbreaking news: Gary defriended you!” Bobo screamed over the phone. As you may have heard on Monday’s Wrap Up Show, Stern Show Executive Producer Gary Dell’Abate has chosen to cut his Boff, Howard, out of his personal Facebook life as a result of the haranguing he got for a photo of he and his son at a Mets game a couple of weeks ago – and he told the whole world on the air. “Gary is such a f-cking mystery to me,” Howard fumed.

Listening back to the tape from yesterday’s Wrap Up Show, Gary is heard telling co-host Jon Hein: “This is my private space … I just want my little area where I’m not getting bugged.”

Howard, in turn, was seething and launched into what will surely be a legendary chapter in Baba Booey history as he lambasted him for the moronic move, telling him this was worse than “Baba Booey,” worse than his “shitty pitch,” and worse than the love tape.

Fred summed it up best: “I’m bewildered.”

The coup de grace of the entire situation was that Gary didn’t unfriend Howard correctly so as of now, he can still see everything.

We thought this was amazing content as usual as we pointed out on National Radio Day on Twitter where the Howard Stern Show account retweeted our tweet.

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Source: Howard Stern Show Facebook

It’s amazing not just from the Howard Stern content standpoint but brings up some great points to consider;

  • People treat Facebook more personal and private than social networks like Twitter
  • Should you be “friends” or follow your boss and employees
  • Do you know all about the Facebook privacy settings and how to filter who can see what you post.
  • Even after 20+ years of working with someone and the relationship we thought Howard and Gary have, he still wanted to keep things private
  • By unfriending Howard Stern now their relationship will always be a bit different

The employee and employer relationship is very interesting to consider with social media sites like Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram, Twitter and more and you have to be careful on what your strategy is before following or connecting with a boss or other coworkers in the first place.

This caused at least a good hour of content where Howard Stern was dumbfounded about their relationship after 20+ years of working together and makes you question an employee/employer relationship.

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