Howard Stern's return to TV on 'America's Got Talent' raises ire
Howard Stern's big TV return next week on "America's Got Talent" is angering the Parents Television Council, which sent a letter to 91 companies that previously have bought ad time during "America's Got Talent."
The letter urges advertisers to spend their ad dollars elsewhere "unless and until [Stern's] conduct consistently reflects and respects the time, place and manner of an 8 p.m. broadcast television program."
Among the PTC's complaints are Stern's lack of valid judging experience. They write, "Stern's reputation for sleaze and misogyny is well known; and to our knowledge his only previous judging experience consisted of looking at insecure, naked young women and telling them whether or not they were hot enough to pose for Playboy."
The letter also repeated critical comments Stern made about "American Idol" contestant Fantasia Barrino and sexually violent comments he once made to a female guest.
These complaints aren't surprising since the PTC initially expressed its displeasure in November when rumor of Stern's gig was circulating. But as was pointed out then, the group did not raise much of a fuss when Jerry Springer, whose syndicated talk show has had its fair share of strippers and insecure, naked young women, served as presenter on "America's Got Talent" for two seasons.
Meanwhile, Stern's promotional train is in full gear. He's set to appear for the first time on "The View" on Thursday to discuss his new judging duties with Barbara Walters and company.
-- Patrick Kevin Day
Photo: Howard Stern. Credit: Richard Drew / Associated Press