With about six weeks until Howard Stern makes his primetime network debut on NBC reality show “America’s Got Talent” on May 14, the shock jock announced he’s ramping up the publicity in the coming days. He will be visiting “The View,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and the “Today” show in an effort to promote the talent show, according to a tweet from his satellite radio show’s Twitter account.
Conspicuously missing from this list: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Though given how vocal Stern has been about his dislike for Leno, it’s unlikely, which is unfortunate for everyone who loves trainwreck TV.
Stern has been traveling the country over the last few weeks for auditions; NBC wound up moving the competition series from Los Angeles to New York so Stern could take part while also working on his NYC-based radio program.
Should Rush move to Sirius XM or online? It’s certainly been a solution for Howard Stern and others. With advertisers bailing on Limbaugh, reports have been circulating that he may end up doing just that.
Not long after nearly 100 national advertisers and dozens more have dropped Limbaugh, post-Sandra Fluke, Limbaugh syndicator Premiere Radio Networks suspended the requirement to “run barter spots for two weeks, March 12th and March 19th, for our News/Talk affiliates only,” according to an internal memo from Premiere. The suspension includes Limbaugh’s and other talk shows.”
It was a nice relief valve for the advertisers who were literally under attack. But was it enough? Probably not. The idea that the controversy could actually become “the end of talk radio” is a comment from Rush himself. This is affecting advertising on other controversial talkers as well as even network news.
A new campaign — with the Twitter hash tag #BulliedbyRush — spearheaded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem, founders of the “Women’s Media Center” wants him off the air entirely. In an op-ed the three call on the FCC to take action saying that it’s time to “take back our broadcast resources” and get what they call “toxic, hate inciting speech” off the public airwaves.
Could this be an opportunity for SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Pandora, RadioIO or others? Continue reading →
Rajee Narinesingh visited the Howard Stern Show Monday morning and accomplished what most people considered impossible: making Lindsay Lohan’s plastic surgery look good.
Rajee, who was born a man, sought out plastic surgery to appear more like a woman. O’Neal Morris, the unlicensed “clinician” he paid to give him silicone injections, instead knowingly injected Rajee’s face, chest and buttocks with a cement mixture that included cement.
“Initially, I looked great,” Rajee told the Howard Stern show audience. “But then I started getting a reaction.”
Rajee was badly disfugured and still faces months of treatments and thousands in procedures to correct the damage from Morris’ procedures.
Rajee said she was devastated after the experience, and was too ashamed to come forward to the police until other victims came forward. Rajee says she’s looking on the bright side, telling Stern that her disfigured face landed her a part in an “all-trans” pilot called “Bella Maddo” that’s still looking for distribution. Continue reading →
An unidentified prankster uploaded Beth O’s widely discussed Twitter photo with Mom Caves co-host Jared Walker Dostie to the Baltimore Sun’s ‘Wedding and Engagement Photos” page, complete with this cleverly crafted caption poking fun at the King of All Media:
“Moments after this happy couple became engaged. I (Jared) had met Beth through work and have been in love with her since the first day I saw her. It took some time for me to win her father Howard over. Not only is he very happy for us now, but he will also be our official wedding photographer. We plan on getting married in the Hamptons.”
Dostie originally posted (and Beth O retweeted) the photo of the two of them cheek to cheek on set earlier this week, while they filmed episodes for the upcoming season of their HGTV home makeover show ‘Mom Caves’. When Howard Stern Show regular caller “King of All Blacks” commented on this week’s satellite radio broadcast that the photo was “disrespectful,” to her husband, Howard tried to turn the controversy into a comedic bit.
Things got awkward when Beth O called in to the show and was audibly upset by the insinuations. Howard Stern later stated that he had no worries about his wife’s fidelity at all and that he had meant for the entire conversation to be a joke.
Unless Stern issues a Twitter response this weekend, fans will have to wait until Tuesday, March 20th to find out if the King of All Media thought the stunt was even remotely funny or fun. Howard Stern is taping episodes of America’s Got Talent in Austin, Texas this weekend and is taking Monday off to recuperate.