During the "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," the shock jock, 65, explained how he thought a picture of him smooching the openly gay host, 61, would help distract the public from her scandal of hanging out with former president George W. Bush at a Dallas Cowboys game.
"This is the picture that's gonna make America forget that you were sitting next to George W. Bush -- you're so smart to do this,' Howard said to Ellen as he held her hands.
And the quick peck was followed by Howard remarrying wife Beth Ostrosky, 47, in a ceremony officiated by "The Bachelor" favorite Colton Underwood.
The pre-kiss conversation began with Howard divulging his mastermind plan. "What you need to do, is take a picture with me -- making out with me! Now just hear me out ... once people see me with you, no one is gonna be thinking about George Bush,' he explained.
Last week, Ellen was spotted smiling and chatting with "Dubya" in a box suite at a Dallas Cowboys game. While some on social media found the juxtaposition surprisingly endearing, others slammed Ellen for being friendly with the former president, whose tenure included an unpopular invasion of Iraq and an opposition to same-sex marriage.
After the two media giants locked lips, Ellen laughed as Howard mused, "I think there was tongue."
Howard was visiting Los Angeles to help launch SiriusXM's new Hollywood studio and has been making the promotional rounds including a stop at "Jimmy Kimmel Live", where he asked Beth to remarry him.
So when the New York native visited "The Ellen DeGeneres Show", Ellen surprised Howard and Beth -- who originally got hitched in 2008 -- with an impromptu ceremony under an archway covered with flowers.
Ellen said she knew the pair were big fans of "The Bachelor" and had Colton ordained to wed the two.
"Howard is so romantic. He is the most romantic man," Beth said of Howard before the nuptials began. "Every day, he tells me how beautiful I am. He knows I'm very insecure, and every day, he tells me he wants to remarry me, so, do you want to marry me?"
"I so want to marry you," Howard replied. "And I vow to you, if you remarry me, I promise you for the rest of my life to watch 'The Bachelor' with you, in bed, every single night, and 'Bachelor in Paradise.'"