If you are familiar with Howard Stern, then you already know one thing about him — the man hates Jay Leno as though he was the black plague. The shock jock has been a presence on “The Late Show with David Letterman” for years, and even when he joined “America’s Got Talent” on NBC, he refused to go out to California and promote the show with “The Chin.” (Instead, he stopped by “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” to do a brief interview.)
So while Howard has always been about his freedom of speech, his employers do not always appreciate his Jay-bashing now that he is an actual NBC employee. Case and point — when he took to the radio waves last week and called Leno a “spineless maggot” over 20 of his employees being laid off in a move by Comcast. He didn’t pretend to have any knowledge of what was going on at the show behind the scenes, but he also revealed that the network brass contacted him about the comments and were none too pleased about what he had to say:
“I got a threatening kind of comment from one of the executives … I was laughing my a– off. I said, ‘Do not tell me to not talk about Jay Leno. I will f—ing talk about Jay Leno for four hours if you tell me not to. I was done with Jay, now I’m all fired up again. F— Jay!”
While Howard said that he would allow himself to be fired from the talent competition before filtering his opinions, he did say that he very much loves his time as “America’s judge”:
“I love my job on AGT, I love working for the people at NBC, they’ve been nothing but wonderful … I don’t answer to anybody. Everybody knows that. That’s part of the game. And that’s why I’m a great f—ing judge. I will tell people if they suck.”
Do you think that Howard should be reprimanded for insulting Leno by his network, or is this really more NBC’s fault for not realizing who they were getting into bed with earlier this year? If you want to check out where we think Tuesday night’s lineup of “America’s Got Talent” performers stand, be sure to head on over to this link.