ERIC THE ACTOR asked HOWARD to stop bothering him
...on 1/30/13, Eric asked Howard to stop calling him.
Let that sink in for a moment. We've now reached the point where Eric is asking Howard to leave him alone.
The entire gag with Eric was his delusional obsession and complete inability to stay away from the show. Howard is now so desperate to fill time, that he's exhausted Eric's compulsive addiction for airtime.
Aside from Underdog Lady, how many times in show history has a Wack Packer asked Howard to go away?