No Stern Bombshell On Letterman
November 18, 2004

Howard Stern held his Thanksgiving celebration in New York City's Union Square today. The few thousand strong crowd snarled traffic in the surrounding blocks as Scores girls danced, before Stern Show comic Artie Lange introduced the man everyone was waiting for. Stern came out, gave a five-minute speech, before handing out Sirius satellite radios, gift certificates and such. There's no doubt that the King Of All Media knows how to make a splash. But, is he about to create another wave of media furor tonight on The Late Show with David Letterman?

While Variety is reporting that Stern would discuss ending his tenure at Infinity Broadcasting earlier than planned on Letterman's show. Earlier, FMQB obtained a confidential e-mail from a Stern Show affiliate that said, "Viacom and Infinity people have been negotiating with Stern and Sirius Satellite to provide for an earlier exit than the January 2006 date when Stern's contract expires with Infinity. Stern is expected to make an announcement on Letterman tonight that such an agreement has been reached."

He did not drop a bombshell during the broadcast, but instead delivered a crisp and well-planned message.

One insider who was at the taping tonight said there was "no mention of Mel and no big announcements. Howard did a great job of selling the project. A very different kind of appearance. Informative and interesting."

Sirius CEO Joe Clayton has said he would consider a buy out Stern's Viacom contract.

The e-mail also says that the buy out negotiations are the impetus of why, "Infinity has stopped funding Stern's lawsuit against Clear Channel, not to mention that in order to get off Infinity, Stern has been badmouthing them and building up Sirius. Infinity thinks they have been magnificently generous to Stern and are really ticked that he jumped to satellite radio for more money."

 




 
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