America’s Got Stern!

Howard Stern – who’s barely safe for radio – may be appearing as a judge on America’s Got Talent. The shock jock is apparently in negotiations to replace Piers Morgan who’s leaving the show, according to a source close to the deal. It seems an unlikely pair – the radio host who’s known for his racy, freewheeling style, and a network show that has a wide range of viewers including a younger fan base as well as families.

It might be an interesting counterpart to what American Idol had going for it with Simon Cowell, but Stern would still have to keep himself a bit in check even using Cowell as a comparison! Then again, maybe NBC is thinking that even if some debacle does ensue, bad press is better than no press.

Meanwhile, Morgan announced that he would be leaving the show to focus on his CNN talk show “Piers Morgan Tonight,” and the upcoming presidential election year.


Lindsay Lohan Finds her way into Brett Ratner’s Apology

Lindsay Lohan is everywhere! (Well, everywhere except jail, but that’s another story …)

Brett Ratner’s apology for a gay slur he says he inadvertently and un-thoughtfully made in passing is eclipsing the fact that he also revealed before sleeping with Lindsay Lohan he made her get an STD test. We’re not knocking his desire to stay informed and healthy but this clearly would be a bigger deal if he wasn’t also trying to made amends for his previous comment, saying: “It was a dumb way of expressing myself. Everyone who knows me knows that I don’t have a prejudiced bone in my body. But as a storyteller I should have been much more thoughtful about the power of language and my choice of words.”

Should he also have thought of the power of his language before revealing to Howard Stern: “I’m a hypochondriac. Before I go all the way, I send the girl to the doctor and check them for everything. My doctor has a test to tell if you’re going to catch something in the future even.”

Perhaps based on both these comments, a campaign has been started to remove him from his role of producing the Oscars. Is all publicity truly good publicity?

Camille Grammer suffering from diarrhea of the mouth

It’s always embarrassing when couples get divorced and then one of them can’t stop badmouthing the other one in public, but Camille Grammer just keeps sinking deeper and deeper into unattractive bitterness.  Last week Camille told Howard Stern that her ex-husband, actor Kelsey Grammer, likes to cross-dress, but she has now decided to claim that the cross-dressing statement was a joke, even though she had previously told quite a few other people that it was true.

I cannot imagine what Camille thinks she’s accomplishing.  Even if Kelsey does like to don a miniskirt from time to time, who cares?  I’d rather be known as a cross-dressing man than as a woman who has nothing better to do than blab secrets about her ex-husband.  You stay classy, Camille!

David Arquette predictably heading to rehab

After broken heart and a very public mid-life crisis involving lots of partying and lots of different girls, actor David Arquette has checked himself into rehab.  He admitted to Howard Stern in a December interview that he’d been drinking a lot to deal with the separation from his wife, actress Courteney Cox, and that when he drinks he turns into “a maniac.”

Arquette also told Stern that he believed he was heading toward a nervous breakdown, and that things weren’t looking too good for him.  Word has it that Arquette checked into rehab in a last-ditch effort to impress his wife into thinking that he can still be a responsible husband and father.  It will be interesting to see if she takes him back after all this.

Megyn Kelly Would Kill Glenn Beck, Marry Sean Hannity

Fox News America Live co-anchor Megyn Kelly raised a few eyebrows Tuesday morning during her appearance on The Howard Stern Show on Sirius XM radio. While Kelly was on the air, Howard Stern persuaded her to play a round of “Marry-Kill-F” with Fox News stars Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck.

Megyn Kelly (FOX News)
Megyn Kelly (FOX News)

If you’re unfamiliar with this little verbal game, you’re supposed to pick out which of the named persons you would marry, sleep with or kill if you had to choose. We were amused that Megyn Kelly actually went along with it and even more delighted with her choices.

Megyn Kelly said if she had to pick, she would get down with Bill O’Reilly, marry Sean Hannity and kill Glenn Beck. We’re wondering what her fellow Fox News colleagues are thinking about those choices…

After mostly avoiding being skewered on Howard Stern, Megyn Kelly will likely feel great relief in heading off for an appearance on The View later this morning.

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Howard Stern Says Artie Lange Hospital Rumors Make Him Sick

Howard Stern said Monday he would not comment on sidekick Artie Lange‘s recent admission to the hospital for an undisclosed condition. However, the radio shock jock did take time to blast rumors about the comedian’s fragile state, saying he “wanted to vomit” over some of the things being said about Lange.

Artie Lange
Artie Lange

Artie Lange, 42, was admitted to a New Jersey hospital last week but his spokesman said no information would be released regarding why he was staying in the medical facility. Lange has been absent from the Howard Stern Show since early December and has cancelled all his stand-up appearances through February.
Various rumors about why Lange entered the hospital and cancelled upcoming gigs have been circulating through the tabloid and gossip sites, including speculation about the comedian’s unhealthy lifestyle and prior alleged drug and alcohol abuse.

“Artie has given this show tremendous moments of great comedy,” Howard Stern said, according to “He’s a tremendous contributor. He is a good man. Don’t forget how great he is.”

Stern also slammed rumors Lange is being replaced by Sirius host Jim Breuer, saying they were “absolutely false… I don’t know where that comes from.”

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Artie Lange Hospitalized – No Comment on Condition

Comedian and Howard Stern sidekick Artie Lange was admitted to a hospital in New Jersey on Saturday. No information has been released on his condition, but his gigs through February appear to have been cancelled.

Artie Lange
Artie Lange

“We can confirm that Artie is in the hospital,” a rep for the comedian said in a press statement. “Artie has chosen to keep all information on this matter between him and his doctor. There will be no further comment.”

Artie Lange has been absent from The Howard Stern Show since the beginning of December. Lange has also cancelled several high-profile shows and his engagements through February have been marked as “cancelled” on his official website.

Lange was busted in 2009 on DUI charges for driving under the influence of prescription sleeping pills after crashing his car in July and underwent rehab treatment in 2008, leading some to speculate a drug problem might be behind his hospitalization.

Rumor has it Artie Lange may not find his old job on The Howard Stern Show waiting for him after he recovers from his mysterious ailment. Comedian Jim Breuer has allegedly been tapped to replace Lange on the show, something he may have hinted at in a recent Twitter post. Breuer Tweeted on Wednesday that he is “working on a secret project soon to hopefully be announced!”

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