The shock jock and his wife, Beth, went on CBS' daytime show "The Talk" last Thursday to help promote his new "America's Got Talent" gig on NBC. At one point, Stern brought up a sore subject for CBS, facetiously asking on-camera what had happened to Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini. As Stern knew, both cohosts were axed last year and replaced by Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood. Remini later accused cohost Sharon Osbourne — who is now Stern's fellow "AGT" judge — of plotting to get her fired, which Osbourne denied.
"Out with the garbage, in with the new," Stern remarked during the taping, according to his website.
However, viewers at home never saw that part, which according to Stern's site, "The Talk" producers edited out. The deletion evidently infuriated Stern, who made it the subject of a segment of the audio news show produced for his fans.
"Maybe 20 years ago, you could get away with it, but in this day and age, with the Internet, and chatty production assistants and everything, it may make its way to the news," Gary Dell'Abate, a.k.a. "Baba Booey," Stern's executive producer, told H100 News.
In fact, Stern and CBS have bad blood that flows back for years. The company sued Stern in 2006, claiming that he had breached his contract by using his airtime on CBS radio stations to promote his move to satellite radio. On David Letterman's CBS show at the time, Stern said he was embarking on an "I Hate Les Moonves" tour, referring to the network's top executive. The lawsuit was settled later that year after Sirius, Stern's satellite employer, agreed to pay CBS $2 million for the rights to Stern's old radio shows.
But Stern, newly visible on broadcast TV, may not have been able to resist stirring up some more mischief for his old nemesis. And his choice of venue could not have been more apt: The cohost of "The Talk" is Julie Chen — who also happens to be Mrs. Les Moonves.
Three CBS representatives contacted for comment did not return an email.
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— Scott Collins (twitter.com/scottcollinsLAT)
Photo: Sharon Osbourne (left), Sara Gilbert, Sheryl Underwood, Howard Stern, Aisha Tyler and Julie Chen on an episode of "The Talk" last week. Credit: Craig Blankenhorn / CBS.