And Howard Stern couldn't care less!
The America's Got Talent judge got reprimanded by NBC because he's been talking trash on the network's main man, Jay Leno, but the Sirius radio host just doesn't give a damn!
In response to the news that the Tonight Show laid off 20-25 employees, Stern called Leno a "spineless maggot." He explained that he doesn't believe the late night host actually took a salary cut and ranted:
"Jay Leno is a scumbag. That’s what that means. He’s a spineless maggot. Jay wanted to cut staff. He’s embarrassed to do it. He didn’t want to come off as a bad guy. NBC took the hit for him, because they’re a corporation … My bullshit meter is going off all over the place."
That comment puts Stern in a predicament since, you know, he's on NBC's payroll. Apparently, an executive even spoke to him in "threatening" language about his strong opinions, as Stern explained to his listeners:
"Yeah, I did hear from them actually. I got sort of a threatening kind of comment from one of the executives. I said … 'Do not tell me not to talk about Jay Leno, I will talk about Jay Leno for four f*cking hours if you tell me not to.' I was done with Jay Leno, now I'm all fired up again. F*ck Jay. Take my job away from me. Who cares?"
Yikes! Don't tell the King of All Media what to talk about because that is EXACTLY what he'll talk about!
If the shock jock wasn't making hundreds of millions of dollars for talking on the radio, than he might by the type to play by the network's rules, but guess what? He does make hundreds of millions of dollars to talk on the radio, so this exec made a HUGE mistake by trying to control what comes out of his mouth.
Stern went on to say he loves his judging job on AGT, but would "rather leave the job than not talk about Jay Leno."
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