Blackwolf vs NBC: Of an Unlikely Ally!
Howard Stern brought his Jay Leno-bashing to the CBS Early Show Tuesday morning --- and, as promised, the Sirius/XM shock jock delivered, by referring to Leno as a "lapdog" and a "thief" who filches bits from both him and David Letterman.
"Jay Leno pushed Johnny Carson outta The Tonight Show," Stern ranted to Harry Smith during an interview simulcast on both The Early Show and on his Sirius program. "And he did it in a merciless way."
Toning down his uncensored remarks for the benefit of the CBS viewers, Stern framed his loathing for Leno thus: "Just the mere mention of Jay Leno makes me wanna vomit! He's the kind of showbiz animal that just will not let go." Stern further suggested that Leno, not Conan O'Brien, should have walked when NBC decided to move him to 10 o'clock, as Letterman did when the network picked Leno to take over Tonight as opposed to him. "Jay shoulda dusted himself off and gone to another network to beat [Conan]."
As the segment ended, Stern was asked to respond to rumors about his possible return to terrestrial radio, as well as potential interest in joining the cast of Fox's American Idol. Stern brushed off the terrestrial radio question, repeating his views on doing Idol, stating that if Fox were to pay him $100,000,000 to judge a "talent show," he'd go for it.
Doubtless Howard Stern wants the new Tonight Show to fail miserably, thus inadvvertently fulfilling Conan O'Brien's prophecy of the destruction of, in Conan's words, "the greatest franchise in broadcasting history." Again, my dears, the power of corporate greed is called into play here. The evil done by most Mortals in corporate America these days continues unchecked and unceasing. They'll tell you that Google's motto is "Do no evil," but frankly, I've lived too long not to have forgotten that there will always be liars in this business we call show. There has always been a dark side to show business, and those who believe otherwise aren't worth the time of most folks in the entertainment community.
Nonetheless, America, I need your opinions about this. Gimme an e-mail at either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.