Shock jock Howard Stern is saying he has been threatened by NBC executives after making comments about Jay Leno after it was revealed the show was doing staff cuts and the host even took a pay cut. Here’s what he originally said during his radio show:
“It’s all horse shit. It’s bullshit. It’s a smokescreen … Here’s what it really means, and you can take this to the bank: 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.”
And now after getting a call from NBC Howard is going in even more:
“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 fucking hours if you tell me not to.’ I was done with Jay Leno, now I’m all fired up again. Fuck Jay. Take my job away from me. Who cares? I love my job on ‘AGT.’ I love working for the people at NBC — they’ve been nothing but wonderful. But please don’t tell me what to say … I’d rather leave the job than not talk about Jay Leno. It’s fine — fire me too. Please.”
Money is talking.