Howard Stern is the World’s Highest Paid Radio Host

Forbes revealed its list of the highest paid celebrities in 2016. Taylor Swift took the number one spot with a sizable $170 million.

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Controversial radio host Howard Stern took the 7th overall spot with $85 million. Howard signed a new five-year deal with SiriusXM Radio at the end of 2015 but dropped two spots in the Forbes rankings from the previous year suggesting he took a pay decrease. Forbes had listed Stern 5th last year with $95 million, indicating a $10 million drop in salary per year. Another controversial radio host, Rush Limbaugh came in tenth with $79 million. Limbaugh reportedly earned a lot more in 2016 due to the presidential election. Alex Jones did not make the “Radio Talking Heads” list this year.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, though experts in the industry have stated that the new contract is slightly more lucrative than the last.

The new contract with SiriusXM, which took effect at the start of 2016, includes a push in development of new technologies. SiriusXM now has an estimated 29 million listeners.

Forbes World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities List:

  1. Taylor Swift $170 M
  2. One Direction $110 M
  3. James Patterson $95 M
  4. Dr. Phil McGraw $88 M
  5. Cristiano Ronaldo $88 M
  6. Kevin Hart $87.5 M
  7. Howard Stern $85 M
  8. Lionel Messi $81.5 M
  9. Adele $80.5 M
  10. Rush Limbaugh $79 M

Howard Stern: “I’m just a sheep, I’ll admit it, but I’m not for taking away people’s rights.”

Howard has been an avid defender of the Second Amendment on his show. In June, he slammed Democrats for pushing gun control in the wake of the Pulse nightclub terrorist attack in Orlando.

The right of self-defense doesn’t stop at the end of your driveway. That’s why I have a concealed carry permit and why tens of millions of Americans do too. That permit should be valid in all 50 states. A driver’s license works in every state, so it’s common sense that a concealed carry permit should work in every state. If we can do that for driving – which is a privilege, not a right – then surely we can do that for concealed carry, which is a right, not a privilege. – President-elect Donald Trump

Howard Stern Gun ControlHoward Stern has come out in support of President-elect Donald Trump’s plan for concealed carry permit reciprocity in all 50 states.

“When you think about it, if somebody is a legal and responsible gun owner, let’s say in Massachusetts, why when he crosses the border is he suddenly an outlaw?”

Co-host Robin Quivers agreed, adding, “Each state has to declare — permit you to carry or not, and so as you go from state to state you are breaking the law if you continue to carry your gun. If it was national, you would just be able to carry in any state.”

“It makes total sense. I support that.”

Robin also pointed out that the majority of concealed carry licensees “are the most law-abiding people in the country.” She continued, “So why not give them the right to carry wherever they are?”

Stern argued that concealed carry permits should be similar to driver’s licenses.

“What if you got a license in Maryland,” he said, “and then every state you went to you had to get another license.”

“It doesn’t make any sense. It’s a total [expletive] on the Second Amendment,” he said.

Howard Stern Reacts to President-elect Donald Trump Winning: “People Love You”

Howard started the show by congratulating Donald Trump on winning U.S. Presidential Election. Howard said now he’s the president and you hope for the best. Robin agreed and reiterated, you want him to be the best ever.

Stern was also pleased with medical marijuana legalization in a few more states. Howard said doctor-assisted suicide was approved in Colorado too. “We allow dogs and cats to be put out of their misery so why not human beings.”

During the broadcast, Stern recalled a conversation he had with President-elect Trump when he ran into him at a restaurant in April 2016.

“He sat down at my table and we were talking,” Stern said. “I said, ‘People love you.”

“If things go wrong — not even because of his own fault — and the economy starts to falter, then you’re everybody’s fucking scumbag. Everyone’s like, ‘Fuck him.’ Why would you want that for the last 10 good summers of your life? I don’t get it. And I said it to him, ‘Don’t do this to yourself.’”

In 1988, Oprah asked Donald Trump if wanted to run for President. Donald Trump told Oprah he’d only run for president under one condition. Trump would only do it, he said, if The United States of America gets really, really bad. Which it obviously has.

“Probably not. But I do get tired of seeing the country get ripped off. If it got so bad, I would never want to rule it out totally, because I really am tired of seeing what’s happening with this country. We’re really making other people live like kings, and we’re not.”

Howard wondered if he’ll build the wall, round up illegal aliens and throw them out of the country and if there will be a ban on Muslims. Howard asked if there is any discussion about Donald Trump being able to do the show anymore. Robin said the answer is absolutely no.

Howard said jokingly that some people are advocating President Trump appoints him to be on the Supreme Court. Maybe he read our article here on WCQJ.com: SUPREME COURT JUSTICE HOWARD STERN?

Report Finds Establishment Media Blatantly In Favor Of Establishment Candidate, Hillary Clinton.

hillary-clintonMedia bias in political coverage is hardly new.

This election appears to be have reached new levels of slanted coverage, one media watchdog says, with a report showing negative news coverage of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump outweighing positive coverage by an overwhelming 11-to-1 margin.

According to the report produced by the Media Research Center, during the evening news shows from July 29th through October 20th, roughly 91% of mentions of Donald Trump were in a negative context on the three major non-cable television networks, ABC, CBS, and NBC. Only 9% of news stories on Trump carried by those three networks were positive towards the Republican nominee.

While the three major TV networks dedicated more than 440 minutes covering Trump’s personal controversies, such as his tax returns and past statements on women, only 185 minutes worth of coverage were used to discuss Clinton’s personal issues, including her email scandal, Benghazi, the Iran deal, her health, arming jihadists, blatant lying, so on.

For example, while the three networks spent a combined 102 minutes digging into comments by Trump regarding women, only 24 minutes were given to news coverage of the ongoing Clinton Foundation scandals.

And despite an official FBI investigation into her use of a private internet server to handle classified government materials, the three TV networks spent just 40 minutes combined discussing the matter, less than half the time used covering Trump’s comments on women 11 years ago.

Voters’ perceptions of media bias in 2016 are closely related to their underlying opinions of Clinton and Trump.

Among voters who have a favorable opinion of Trump, 90% say that the media is biased in favor of Clinton. By contrast, nearly two-thirds of those who view Clinton favorably say the media is not biased toward either candidate, Gallup found.

Among independents and Democrats who perceive bias, large majorities also believe the bias favors Clinton, according to Gallup.

Artie Lange thinks “Howard has lost his mind”

Artie Lange Crash and BurnOn a recent episode of the Artie Quitter podcast, Artie talked about how Howard Stern has so completely cut him off that he even refused to accept “top dollar” advertising money to promote his memoir, Crash and Burn.

He didn’t accept advertising for my book. He wouldn’t even hear the commercial. Its different than hating me. Howard is pretending I don’t exist. I stopped caring because he’s clearly a lunatic. – Artie Lange

Artie went on to say how Touchstone, a division of Simon & Schuster, came to him and said they have never had a company turn down their advertising until Stern. Howard apparently refused to play a 30 second pretaped commercial for Crash and Burn.

His recent rant from the Artie Quitter podcast got picked up by some major news outlets. Opie from Opie Radio invited Artie on to discuss his relationship with Howard Stern. He referenced the rise in power of Marci Turk, an efficiency expert who fast climbed within the ranks of Stern’s organization three years ago after bonding with Howard over a time-management system called Getting Things Done.

Describing Turk as ‘a 34-year-old redhead who basically read a book that Howard liked.’ Lange noted the awkward dynamic in Marci Turk telling people, “You can’t talk to Howard unless you talk to me first, you need permission,” adding, “These are guys who worked with him for 20 years!”

He said that Stern’s loyal producer Gary Dell’Abate, 55, must feel ’emasculated’ after Turk ‘took over his office’ and ‘may or may not be getting more money.’

Howard has lost his mind. I think my old friend Howard — he was my hero, and became a coworker, and became a friend, and — I think he’s lost his mind. If the stories I hear are accurate … And I don’t listen a lot so I don’t get to hear, Ellen Degeneres, he loves her dancing, and that is sickening. I couldn’t imagine, that seems hypocritical. – Artie Lange

Artie has not been heard on The Howard Stern Show since battling mental health issues back in 2009.

Howard Stern: CNN combing through tapes and dragging up statements that Donald Trump might have said

ac360CNN published a story at the end of September which was picked up nationally, Howard Stern Says Trump Backed Iraq War In 2002. Howard started his show last week by clearing things up after CNN took him out of context to create a scandalous story. Stern went on to say he wasn’t sure how “CNN came up with that headline.”

“I emailed Trump,” Stern said, “and I wanted to explain to him that [‘Trump backed Iraq War in 2002’] is not what I said.”

Howard Stern: So, then there was a big screaming headline on CNN — ‘Howard Stern Now Confirms.’ There’s a picture of me and Trump in an adversarial-type situation that…

Robin Quivers: You didn’t confirm anything!

Howard Stern: Yeah, that ‘Howard Stern now says that Trump is lying about…’ Yeah! This was on CNN. Big headline and they brought people in. They were having a discussion — a panel discussion. And I was sitting there and I…

Robin Quivers: Can they really do that? You didn’t say anything!

Howard Stern: Nothing! I said nothing new. And so I emailed Trump and I wanted to explain to him that, uh, that is not what I said. They took the tape. I don’t provide tape to people. They’re now combing through tapes and dragging up statements that he might have said.

Robin Quivers: Well, you see what the press does. They make up things!

Howard Stern: Yeah. I didn’t come out with it. The tape is what the tape is. Make of it what you will.

Howard Stern: I will say that Donald Trump was one of the best guests we ever had because he would kind of have this stream of consciousness and was not politically correct, and so he always made for a fun guest. And a lot of his stuff was in the spirit of that. But I think you would have to cut him some slack and say he’s doing it on the ‘Howard Stern Show’ in a fun sort of bit.

Did Donald Trump support the Iraq War? Here’s the full timeline from 2002 to 2004.

donald-trump-wcqjHoward Stern’s name was brought up during the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. There was a question of whether or not Trump had supported the Iraq war before it began.

“When I did an interview with Howard Stern, very lightly, the first time anyone’s asked me that, I said, very lightly, ‘I don’t know, maybe, who knows?’ essentially,” Trump said during the presidential debate.

Howard Stern responded to Trump’s comments on his Sirius radio show. “Trump was on our show years ago and said yeah, you know, he was kind of for the Iraq war, us going into Iraq.”

“He was saying he really wasn’t for it, and so they were forced to mention my name,” Stern continued.

Lester Holt the moderator of the debate stated that the record shows Mr.Trump was for the war. The clip above gives you a better understanding of Donald Trump’s position from 2002-2004. Trump was never a politician and obviously showed more interested in the economy than foreign wars.

“I think the Iraqi situation is a problem, and the economy is a much bigger problem.” – Donald Trump, 2003, before the invasion of Iraq.

Trump: Howard Stern is a friend of mine but I wouldn’t have done his show.

Donald Trump Dr.Oz ShowDonald Trump appeared on The Dr. Oz Show last week. Trump said he would not have done The Howard Stern Show if he had known he would run for president.

Earlier this year Buzzfeed.com ran an article “Donald Trump Said A Lot Of Gross Things About Women On Howard Stern” where they spent hours going through old clips of his interviews with Stern in which some politically incorrect jokes were made, especially about women.

“I have such respect for women. My mother was one of the greatest people I ever knew,” Trump said during an appearance on “The Dr. Oz Show.”

Trump wonders if the “hundreds of millions of dollars spent on advertising” by Hillary Clinton and her supports has something to do with the negative image that has been constructed around him.

When asked if he regretted past comments that have been used against him on the campaign trail, Trump said he made those remarks before he realized he would run for president.

“Had I known I was going to be a politician, Howard Stern is a friend of mine, I wouldn’t have done his show.”

“Now, if I ever thought I was running for president I wouldn’t have done the show. We were all having fun together” said Trump.

Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, also wanted to step in and defend her father from the false narrative.

“My father speaks his mind — whether it’s a man or a woman, if you attack him, he will attack you back,” she said.

“In a certain way, it would be strange if he handled women and men differently. You can be a little rough with people once in a while, but almost always it’s them coming at your first.”

Dr. Oz also did a review of Donald Trump’s medical records.

Today Show host Willie Geist asked Dr. Oz if he felt that Donald Trump is healthy enough to be president. Oz responded with “the records that I got without question indicate that he is healthy enough to be president.”

Tracy Morgan Back In The Studio

Tracy Morgan Stern 2016Tracy Morgan had that horrible car accident in 2015. Few people expected Tracy Morgan to be able to recover from it let alone make a return to comedy and the Howard Stern Show. Tracy talked about the physical and mental issues he dealt with after the crash, loss of his friend and the support he has received from fans.

Tracy has been on the Stern a number of times over the yaars. He is as funny as ever but there is a sense that the accident changed him as a person. He talked about the loss of his friend who was killed in the accident and the gratitude for the support his fans showed.

Right after the accident the prognosis for Tracy did not seem too positive. It is incredible that he has been able to recover so quickly. The Howard Stern show never posts full length interviews, this time they made an exception, they wanted fans to be able to hear all of what Tracy had to say.

Artie Lange: “Howard changed and if you want to hear the old show sign up for the Artie Quitter Podcast”

Artie Lange was recently interviewed by a sports broadcaster on WEEI in Boston. Turns out the host is a big Stern fan and very fond of Artie. They discussed everything from Artie’s comedy career to his time on the Stern Show.

Howard Stern Artie Lange 2016The last time Artie saw and spoke to Stern was in 2012.

“The last time I actually spoke to Howard was in the hospital room with Robin. Robin had just gotten her operation, I’m gonna say 2012. I went to go see Robin, because I always had a special relationship with her. I love Robin, she was always very generous to me…It was spontaneous, I didn’t know Howard was gonna be there. But I walked in and it was Howard and her, and I hadn’t seen Howard since the day I left the show, before I stabbed myself [during his 2010 suicide attempt]. And he…it was as if I saw him two minutes ago. He said, you know, ‘we gotta make Robin laugh.’ That’s what he said to me. So we put everything aside for that, and just really spoke as if we were on the air, for an hour. We just laughed like crazy. And it was like nothing ever happened. And then Howard said, ‘I gotta leave.’ And I gave him a hug and I said ‘you know, I’m sorry for everything, man.’ And he goes, ‘how are you doing? I said ‘I’m all right, I’m working again.’ And he goes, ‘well that’s good, I’ll see ya’…and I haven’t talked to him since.”

Howard won’t let him get closure.

“I called him four times, probably three or four times and left voicemails, and he never called me back. …I just don’t think he wants to deal with me in his life anymore. I think he’s got a very complicated life, and I think he’s happy I’m okay. But I don’t think he’s prepared to deal with it anymore. And I understand that, but where I’m pissed off is, you know, we were really tight, on the air and off the air, very very close. We were friends, and went through a lot of battles together. And for a decade I sat two feet from that guy, and we had what some people think are the funniest moments in radio history…and he was the best comedic partner I ever had…and I just think, all that, maybe I earned ten minutes off the air to just let me say in person ‘I’m sorry’ and hear me out and hug and say goodbye. But that never happened, that closure never happened.”

Howard Stern PelicanOn Howard looking like a pelican.

“When I said the pelican thing, it was over. No one ever said that. And I was out of line, quite frankly. But when he said, ‘do you think I look like a pelican?’ And I said ‘yes,’ there was no going back, it was a matter of time.”

Howard has “evolved into something different.”

“Howard is 62 years old, and I think he just evolved into something different. And I think he subconsciously, or very consciously, wants to leave behind an amazing library of celebrity interviews, which he’s great at doing. The only issue I think that I agree with that the fans might have is, that it sorta seemed like he was just duping everybody for a long time. It always seemed like he was goofing on show business because he hated it and was really rebellious. And it sorta seems now like he just wanted to be a part of it. …I’m the kind of Stern show guy, both being a fan and being on the show, [who] would rather goof on Jennifer Aniston’s new husband rather than be friends with him. …At the same time, I think the fans should be appreciative of what he gave them for so many years, and respect the fact that he changed. And he’s got a right to do that.”

Potential return?

Howard at one point said, this came out on the air, he said, ‘look, go take as much time as you need to get better. When you come back, you have a job.’ What else could you ask a boss to say?”