The Parents Television Council is aiming to hit Howard Stern and America's Got Talent where it hurts by calling on every single one of the show's sponsors to tear up their million dollar contracts. In a letter sent out to 91 advertisers, the PTC forecasts doom for family television with the "shock jock" debuting in primetime May 14.
"NBC's decision to add Mr. Stern to AGT will likely result in a large increase in explicit content," reads the PTC's letter to advertisers.
"Stern's reputation for sleaze and misogyny is well known; and to our knowledge his only previous judging experience consisted of looking at insecure, naked young women and telling them whether or not they were hot enough to pose for Playboy."
Appealing to corporate sponsors to reconsider associating their brand image with Howard Stern, the letter continues, "He once told a female guest, 'I would like to kiss you and chop off your feet... I wanna bite your fingers... I wanna have sex with you and throw you in a ditch... [and] chop your head off.' Does such commentary accurately reflect your corporate values?"
The Parents Television Council goes on to say they have little faith that Howard Stern will behave appropriately for the primetime timeslot, insisting, "There can be, and there must be, a presumption that Mr. Stern will only continue to conduct himself in precisely the same manner as he has done for decades."
Though Stern, pictured here with wife Beth Ostrosky, hasn't yet responded to this specific letter from the Parents Television Council, he did say this to their previous missive about him being hired to judge America's Got Talent:
"I guess they get their printer out and they make a letterhead and they start to complain that I'm some sort of weird pervert who is going to convert Americans into some kind of zombie sex fiends."
Sound like Howard Stern is getting the PTC's message loud and clear -- and not caring in the least!
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