NBC Fires Billy Bush (yet hired Howard Stern)

(Charlie Rood)   Yes, the network that has just fired Billy Bush, is the same network that hired the poster boy for obscenity, Howard Stern.

Despite all the trashy, tawdry, and titillating work done in his career, Howard Stern had a relationship with NBC as a judge on “America’ Got Talent” between 2012-2015.

So, NBC, Howard Stern was okay to be a face on your network in the past few years, even though his exploits are well known, going back decades.   NBC had to endure a famous episode on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 1995, when Stern appeared with two bikini-clad women who kissed each other and received spanks from Stern.

How about the TV show Stern hosted in 1998?      Following its debut on August 22, 1998 on 79 stations nationwide, the show began to lose affiliates after two episodes as local broadcasters became concerned with the risque content.   Risque is a nice word.   Even the word vulgarity is too mild to describe some of what was on TV.   If you really want to know, read this:  http://www.parentstv.org/ptc/publications/reports/sternreport/main.asp (scroll down for the really “good” stuff under The Content)

We in radio know about Stern.   He is the FCC’s most fined radio host, totaling $2.5 million for content deemed indecent.    That’s one of the reasons he signed on to satellite radio.   No FCC to slap his hand.

All this and more, and NBC still hired him, retained him, even moved the live shows to New York’s Radio City Music Hall to accommodate Stern’s schedule.

And Billy Bush was fired for private trashy, tawdry, and titillating comments made in 2005?!?!

You can hear Charlie and Dave talk about this on The WSGW Morning Team Show following the 8:30am news on Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The following was not part of the on-air discussion.   This is from the LA Times…..

The LA Times reports Stern recently spoke about Donald Trump’s frequent appearances on his  radio show.   Stern said he wasn’t replaying his interviews with Trump because to do so would be a “betrayal.”

“Donald Trump did the show in an effort to be entertaining and have fun with us,” Stern said on his show on Sirius satellite radio. “I fully knew what I was doing when I interviewed Trump. I knew I had a guy who loved to talk about sex.… I had a guy who loved to evaluate women on a scale of 1 to 10. These are avenues I went down because I knew it would entertain the audience.”

Stern, who considers Trump a friend, said he has asked why Trump is running for president and said he was surprised the recordings from his radio show didn’t emerge earlier.

“I said, ‘Why are you doing this?'” Stern said he asked Trump earlier this year. “‘Why would a guy with billions of dollars [run for president]?… Don’t you know what they’re gonna do to you? Don’t you know they’re gonna open up everything?'”



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