Stern Fan Allegedly Attacks O&A Producer
June 16, 2006 at 6:40 AM (PT)
A HOWARD STERN fan allegedly grabbed and pushed OPIE AND ANTHONY Executive Producer BEN SPARKS against a wall during O&A's daily "walk over" FRIDAY (6/16) between the show's WFNY-F (92.3 FREE FM)/NEW YORK and XM SATELLITE RADIO studio.
The fan, who initially was permitted to say pro-STERN, anti-O&A comments on the air but ran out of things to say, claimed that SPARKS spat at him, a claim denied by SPARKS and O&A, who noted that the incident was caught on video. The STERN fan was subdued by security guard "MASTER PO" (ANTHONY CUMIA's comment on PO: "You do not screw with him") and comic/policeman/security guard JOHN "CLUB SODA KENNY" FEDER while OPIE stuck the microphone in the man's face and profanely demanded (and received) an apology..
Best walk over ever.
The incident was the first case of the "walk over" being interrupted by a STERN fan since O&A began the terrestrial-satellite crossover on APRIL 26. "Best walk over ever," OPIE pronounced once the crew made it into the XM studio.