Category: The Talk

Howard Stern: 'AGT' judge revives CBS feud over 'The Talk' edits

Howard Stern guests on CBS' "The Talk"

He may call himself "The King of All Media," but now Howard Stern is restarting his old-fashioned media feud with CBS after the network dared to edit him.

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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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.




'Hunger Games' clashes with Trayvon Martin on 'The Talk' [video]

Hosts of "The Talk" in "Hunger Games" costumes

The hosts of CBS' syndicated afternoon show "The Talk" saluted new blockbuster "The Hunger Games" by dressing up as characters from the film during Monday's episode. But the tribute took an odd and questionable turn when the panel tackled the issue of the controversial Trayvon Martin shooting while still in costume.

The studio audience erupted in cheers when Julie Chen, Aisha Tyler, Sheryl Underwood, Sara Gilbert and guest host Pat Harvey, KCBS Channel 2 news anchor, first came on stage in "Hunger Games" attire.

Chen's hair was tinted blue for her impersonation of Caesar Flickerman, the outrageous host of the televised games played in the film by Stanley Tucci. Tyler dressed as Effie Trinket, complete with a blond wig and oversized pink flower, while Gilbert dressed as Katniss Everdeen, the film's heroine played by Jennifer Lawrence.

Later in the show, the hosts discussed Geraldo Rivera's comments regarding the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the black teenager killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida. Rivera said that Martin was shot to death in part because he was wearing a hoodie.

Calling Martin "a modern-day Emmett Till," Tyler said the shooting was especially troubling for people of color and that Martin was shot "for wearing a jacket with a hood on it, and basically for being black." Gilbert took issue with Rivera's contention that Martin was responsible, calling the shooter, George Zimmerman, "insane" and "a vigilante."

Because Chen's hair was tinted blue, the hosts could not easily change to regular clothes after their initial appearence. But talking about a fatal shooting that has gripped the country while dressed as characters from a film with violence as its central theme gave the segment a surreal tone.

[For the record, 11:30 p.m. March 26: A previous version of this post misidentified two character names from "The Hunger Games." The character played by Stanley Tucci in the film is called Caesar Flickerman, and Jennifer Lawrence's character is named Katniss Everdeen.]



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Photo: Sheryl Underwood, from left, Sara Gilbert, Pat Harvey, Aisha Tyler and Julie Chen from Monday's episode of "The Talk.  Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS.

Leah Remini fired from 'The Talk': Sharon Osbourne's fault, she says

From left, Leah Remini, Sharon Osbourne, Christie Brinkley and Julie Chen on "The Talk" in happier times

Leah Remini has remained mostly silent about her ouster (along with co-host Holly Robinson Peete) from CBS' "The Talk" last summer. But she took to Twitter on Monday to reveal the suspected reason for her firing: Sharon Osbourne.

"Sharon thought me and Holly were 'ghetto'" she tweeted. "We were not funny, awkward and didn't know ourselves. She has the power that was given to her."

In December, Osbourne and the current co-hosts appeared on Howard Stern's satellite radio show and Stern brought up the subject of the fired former co-hosts. At the time, he wondered if it was Julie Chen, wife of CBS President and Chief Executive Les Moonves, who was behind the firings. But Osbourne quickly spoke up, saying: "Some people don't really know who they are. You have to know who you are when you're in something like this. You can't pretend to be something you're not."

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Osbourne responded on Twitter on Tuesday, writing: "In response to Leah Remini's continuous comments that I had her fired from "The Talk," let me just go on the record to say I had absolutely nothing to do with her departure from the show and have no idea why she continues to take to Twitter to spread this false gossip."

Remini, who is currently filming a pilot for ABC, claimed she didn't know the reasons behind her firing until Osbourne discussed it on Stern's show. Then she responded to fans on Twitter, saying "I will not respond to Sharon BUT only to say this, IF she wanted to clear it up she has my number & has had ALL this time and didnt use it.not even to say she was sorry. so to Sharon I say... Well done Sharon, you won. I will move on now as you suggested. And so should u. Be at Peace."

The show, which has been averaging just more than 2 million viewers this season, was recently picked up for a third season. Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood were brought in to replace Remini and Robinson Peete.

But Remini isn't angry with the entire Osbourne clan. She tells her fans that Ozzy is a sweetie.


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Photo: From left, Leah Remini, Sharon Osbourne, Christie Brinkley and Julie Chen on "The Talk" in happier times. Credit: CBS

Howard Stern is 'America's Got Talent's' newest judge

Howard Stern is the newest judge on "America's Got Talent"
Howard Stern is about to return to TV -- he's just signed on to become the latest judge on "America's Got Talent."

Stern will replace CNN host Piers Morgan at the judges' table, alongside Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne.

Speculation about Stern joining the show has been rampant for more than a month, ever since Morgan announced he was leaving to concentrate on his CNN gig. But Thursday morning, Stern made it official.

On his SiriusXM show's Twitter feed, the announcement went out: "It's official -- Howard just signed on the dotted line -- he is now the newest judge on America's Got Talent!"

Stern discussed the new gig on the satellite radio show, revealing that he would begin shooting in February and would travel the country for the audition portion of the talent competition.

The entire production, which had been located in Los Angeles for the last six seasons, will relocate to New York to accommodate Stern's satellite radio show.

Though the financial terms of Stern's deal weren't disclosed, the New York Post reported in November that he was asking for $20 million.

Although Stern's on-air sidekick, Robin Quivers, said she was happy for the new judge, not everyone will be pleased. The Parents Television Council warned in November that selecting Stern as a judge for the family-friendly NBC series was a bad move and that the result would be the loss of tens of millions of advertising dollars.

"Such a move smacks of desperation by the once-proud peacock network. Any short-term buzz from Stern's shock value will result in a longer-term decline as families abandon the show for more suitable programming," PTC President Tim Winter said in a statement.

On Monday, Stern had future colleague Osbourne and two of her co-hosts on "The Talk,"Julie Chen and Sara Gilbert, on his show, and he took Osbourne to task for what he said was her tendency to overly praise gay contestants on "America's Got Talent."

"To like someone because they're gay is ridiculous," Stern told Osbourne.

He went on to tell her that changes would come with his arrival, "You and Howie will learn how to behave. And we'll structure that show differently."

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Molly Shannon to serve as a guest host on 'The Talk'

Molly Shannon to guest host on 'The Talk'

Molly Shannon will appear as a guest host on CBS' "The Talk' this month, sources close to production confirmed to Showtracker.

The "Saturday Night Live" alum will join hosts Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne and new addition Sheryl Underwood, who will join the show at the start of the season.

Shannon's addition comes on the heels of news Kris Jenner, the matriarch of the Kardashian clan, would also be a guest host in the upcoming season. The added bodies are needed given that Leah Remini confirmed she would not be returning. "It is official: I am sorry to say that I have NOT been asked back on the show,' she said via Twitter.  "No reason was given," she replied later. And Holly Robinson Peete's fate remains in limbo, though she's not expected to be returning.

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Photo: Molly Shannon. Credit: Associated Press.

CBS makes lower ratings roll the right way for Julie Chen and 'The Talk'


A TV show needs good ratings to survive, right? Well, not always. 

Take, for example, CBS' new daytime show, "The Talk," which on Tuesday got renewed through next season. Modeled on ABC's warhorse "The View," "The Talk" is co-hosted by Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne,  Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini. Oh, and there's also Julie Chen, who happens to be CBS honcho Leslie Moonves' wife, which of course doesn't make any difference at all to the show's fate.

The network could have explained its renewal decision any number of ways: "It's a rebuilding year," "The Twitterati love it," or "You realize it's Leslie's wife, right?" Instead, CBS said the show is on a "ratings roll," which is an interesting take on how "The Talk" has performed this season. If there has been any kind of a roll to the ratings, it's been downhill. "The Talk" averages 2.2 million total viewers, according to the Nielsen Co., which is off 15% compared with "As the World Turns," the soap that last year occupied its spot. 

Ah, but it's done better among its target audience of women, right? Nope. "The Talk" has slipped 17% in women age 18 to 49, its core demographic. And it's down 19% among a slightly older group, women age 25 to 54.

"The View," by the way, still draws a far bigger audience (3.6 million), but it airs in the morning, while "The Talk" runs in the afternoon. But even in head-to-head competition, ABC's "One Life to Live" outdraws "The Talk," averaging 2.5 million.

So where's that ratings roll CBS talked about? The network says it's happened over the last couple of weeks. Uh, fine -- except that decisions to bring back daytime syndicated shows aren't based on two weeks of ratings; they're based on several months at least. And the recent season highs still don't beat what "As the World Turns" was doing.

When the show premiered in October, Moonves filmed a short video for "The Talk" in which he proclaimed his love for Chen but vowed to cancel the show anyway if it didn't work. It may eventually come to that, but let's say that for now "The Talk" is getting more time to prove itself than the average network show.

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Photo: Leslie Moonves and his wife, Julie Chen. Credit: Andrew Gombert / EPA




Jennifer Lopez talks 'American Idol' on 'The Talk'


Jennifer Lopez loooooooves her new "American Idol" gig.

How much?

Listen to her tell the hosts of CBS' new female chat fest, "The Talk," on which she was a guest Tuesday.

"I'm loving it. It's so much fun. Exactly what I thought it would be. I did it because I thought it would be fun and I'd get to be in one place. It's been great. I love everybody. It's such a machine. It runs like clockwork. I looooove Nigel.

"I love Ryan contrary to whatever you say. I love Steven. I love Randy. Everything's great."

In case it's not painfully obvious, the Nigel she loves is executive producer Nigel Lythgoe. The Ryan she loves is host Ryan Seacrest. The Steven she loves is judge Steven Tyler. And the Randy she loves is judge Randy Jackson.

What's hard about the gig, the hosts of "The Talk" wanted to know?

"It's easy when they're really good," she said. "And it's easy when they're really bad 'cause you just go, 'No.' It's when they're in the middle. They have a good voice but they don't have the "it" factor or they have a look and kind of have a vibe to them but their voice isn't all the way there."

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Photo: Jennifer Lopez, center, chats up "The Talk" hosts Sara Gilbert, left, Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini, Julie Chen and Sharon Osbourne. Credit: Sonja Flemming / CBS


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