Howard Stern has gone to town on Novak Djokovic, calling the world No.1 an "a***hole" and insisting he should be 'thrown out of tennis'.
After initially having his visa cancelled at the border, Novak Djokovic won his legal battle and was granted permission to remain Down Under.
Reports are still swirling that he could be deported, but for now he remains focused on defending his Australian Open title later this month.
Naturally, the entire ordeal has sparked debate among people with some throwing their support behind the Serbian, while others have slated him - Stern falling into the latter category.
The legendary US radio host and former America's Got Talent judge didn't hold back when giving his honest assessment of the tense situation.
"What a f**k nut. What a f**king a***hole," Stern said on his SiriusXM radio show.
Howard Stern goes off on "f**knut" Novak Djokovic: "Throw him right the f**k out of tennis." pic.twitter.com/9VbE9Zw0Be- Mike Sington (@MikeSington) January 11, 2022
"The first I've heard of this guy is that he doesn't want to get his vaccine. They should throw him right out of tennis. That's it. Goodbye.
"He's a douche bag!
"You should be out of tennis. He doesn't care about anyone else.
"Stay away from other people. That's like saying smoking is a private decision. Well, that's true. But don't smoke in my face f**k nut!
"What a dummy. Just a big dumb tennis player.
"If you wanna talk tennis, I'll talk to you. Other than that you should shut your mouth."
When news first broke of Djokovic's controversial vaccine exemption to play in the prestigious tournament, outrage ensued.
But when he was placed in the detention hotel, it seemed even more people were fuming for a variety of reasons.
Now, though, we're starting to see more and more people speak out against Djokovic's treatment in Australia - even some of his biggest rivals aren't best pleased with it.
"We know that the media like to create s**tstorms, with my story and everything going on with Novak," Australian fan favourite Nick Kyrgios said.
"I feel quite embarrassed as an Australian athlete that's seen what this guy has done for us and for the sport. I just don't think it's right how we're handling it but the media loves to do that, loves to divide."
British star Andy Murray also chimed in.
"I think everyone is shocked by it, to be honest," five-time Australian Open finalist Murray told reporters.
"I'm going to say two things on it just now. The first thing is that I hope that Novak is OK. I know him well, and I've always had a good relationship with him and I hope that he's OK.
"The second thing, it's really not good for tennis at all, and I don't think it's good for anyone involved. I think it's really bad."
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