Stern On Letterman: "Les Moonves Is A Bully"
March 13, 2006 at 5:58 PM (PT)
HOWARD STERN took the occasion of his appearance on CBS' "LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN" to rip CBS and the company's CEO LES MOONVES over the lawsuit filed against him.
According to a pre-airing review of the live taping by the LOS ANGELES TIMES' SCOTT COLLINS, STERN, wearing an "I Hate LES MOONVES" t-shirt, told LETTERMAN that "you are working for one of the biggest jerks on the planet. You've worked for jerks and bullies who hide behind their press agents. LES MOONVES is a bully." STERN called MOONVES a "third-rate 'LOVE BOAT' actor" and deflected LETTERMAN's defense of MOONVES' record by warning "he'll sue you next." STERN's appearance rated a rare three-segment appearance on the show, which usually restricts its main guests to two segments.
You are working for one of the biggest jerks on the planet
CBS issued a statement on STERN's appearance that said "we did not stand in the way of HOWARD appearing on our own airwaves tonight. We believe his appearance was his desperate attempt to distract attention from the facts of the case. We hope, in subsequent coverage of that appearance, the media is not seduced or fooled in any way. HOWARD STERN has done something wrong and we intend to demonstrate this wrongful conduct in court."