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Howard Stern & Bill O'Reilly

Reported by Deborah - December 7, 2005

O'Reilly interviewed Howard Stern tonight in the first section of a three part interview. Tonight's interview was all about Howard Stern's earning power and his move to Sirius. O'Reilly tried to diminish both Stern and Satellite Radio but Stern held his own. 12/7/05

O'Reilly started the interview asking Stern about being paid 500 million bucks and Stern responded , "I'm worth every penny." When Stern said that the 500 million figure wasn't right, O'Reilly kept pumping him for amounts. Stern pounced on O'Reilly with,"Look at you. You're so jealous." Then Stern asked him about all the " chachkis" he sells adding, "I know you do it for charity."

O'Reilly couldn't figure out how Sirius could make a profit from Stern but Stern was quick. "Is it my problem?" Then he quieted O'Reilly with Sirius growth this year from 600,000 subscribers to 3.1 million. Stern claimed that all the regulations on FM and AM has watered down the programing which will drive people to Satellite. O'Reilly barked,
"We'll see."

At this point O'Reilly was getting annoyed so he asked, "What are you gonna do? Curse every two minutes?"
Stern making fun of him returned with " Calm down!" Then he told him to sit back or he'd slap him around. O'Reilly realized that he better take the joke and a half chuckle emerged.

Stern tried, at this point to explain what he was trying to express about his work. Using Chris Rock as an example , Stern said that Rock's first special was brilliant but would have been ruined if it had aired on a restrictive network.
He tried to get O'Reilly to see that he wanted to do "revolutionary" work and claimed that he was tired of being "harnessed".
O'Reilly didn't want to hear Stern asking again " More four letter words combined with...?"

Stern tried again to explain that the regulations are stopping him from doing the fun bits that may seem sophmoric but he and his viewers like. He mentioned a Bathroom Olympics bit where he had races to see who could go to the bathroom faster. Now, he claimed, he's not allowed to say bathroom.
When O'Reilly simplified the meaning of his statement into wanting to do "More four letter words." Stern got mad but kept his joking tone telling Bill, "Don't be a wise ass!"

comment: O'Reilly's message to Stern was clear and insulting. He was saying you're overpaid and you're only popular because you use 4 letter words. O'Reilly was obviously threatened by Stern and Sirius. Despite O'Reilly's close minded and rude demeanor, Stern came off looking serious, sane and dedicated. Let's see what happens in Part 2.

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