Tell us how you REALLY feel, Howard Stern! Yowza!
The iconic radio host, who was a judge on America's Got Talent for four seasons, SLAMMED Simon Cowell on his SiriusXM radio show on Monday morning, calling the British reality TV magnate a "big titted fat fk." Damn.
Why the sudden animosity? It's all to do with how Cowell has handled the ongoing AGT controversy with Gabrielle Union, who was reportedly fired after bringing up offensive incidents to producers.
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Speaking on his eponymous daily satellite radio talk show, the 65-year-old caught Cowell in his crosshairs, accusing him of keeping "talentless" men on the reality competition show in perpetuity while constantly letting "hotter chicks and younger chicks" go with little reasoning behind the firings.
Stern, who did admit he liked longtime AGT judge Howie Mandel, nevertheless called out Cowell for the decisions he made on other female judges Mel B and Heidi Klum, saying:
"Heidi Klum is no rocket scientist, she's not the greatest judge, but she's certainly attractive and has an opinion. On what grounds did they dismiss her? Simon, Howie gets to stay but the three women have to leave and they find two hotter women?!
And what about Mel B? She was really good! Mel B had great opinions, she was in a hit group, she beat the odds in show business and made it to the top. She's the embodiment of America's Got Talent, a semi-talented person who got all the way to the top."
Not a bad point! Just saying!!!
The radio talker suggested a "boy's club" mentality was at play on AGT:
“What he manages to do on all his shows is he constantly replaces the hot chicks with hotter chicks and younger chicks. Howie’s doing a fine, serviceable job — but why don’t they change him? And why don’t they change Simon? … This is the ultimate example of a boys’ club.”
Stern — who said Union's alleged complaints about America's Got Talent were "interesting" — also theorized that the other recently laid-off female judge, Julianne Hough, may be keeping quiet because of other projects she has in the works at NBC. That certainly jibes with how she ended her statement:
"I had a wonderful time on America’s Got Talent, I loved working with the cast, crew and producers. I am happy to continue my working relationship with NBC."
And then the controversial shock jock unloaded on the embattled British TV mogul himself, dropping perhaps the quote of the year about Cowell:
"Let that big titted fat fk Simon Cowell go! Why is he still there, he's so great?!"
Ouch!!! That one ought to leave a mark!
Walking It Back…
As we reported on Sunday, even though Cowell himself hasn't commented on the ongoing Gabrielle Union situation, his production company did release a joint statement with NBC in which they claimed they were "committed to ensuring a respectful workplace for all employees." Uh-huh.
Hours after the walk-back, Union low-key responded to the tepid corporate statement with a shade-filled quote tweet about how to give a real apology:
This! This! AND THIIISSSSSSS!!!!!! https://t.co/RCrtKtkQ4L— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) December 1, 2019
And as of Monday morning, SAG-AFTRA announced they are now investigating the situation over at America's Got Talent, as well. The actors' union revealed more in a statement addressing the issue:
"We take issues of workplace health and safety very seriously. We immediately reached out to Ms. Union’s representatives when these reports came to light. It is our practice to work closely with members who reach out to us and their representatives in instances like this, as that usually affords the best protection and best resolution for the affected member."
Wow! Here we go, y'all…
Jay Leno Speaks Out
One-time guest host Jay Leno, himself at the center of the alleged AGT firestorm over a joke he reportedly made about Cowell's dogs, is speaking out about the matter, as well. TMZ spotted him on Sunday night at a comedy club in Hermosa Beach, California, where they grilled him about Union.
When asked about working with her on AGT, the longtime late-night TV talker said of the Bring It On star:
"I love Gabrielle Union. She's a great girl. I really enjoyed working with her. She's really good. I don't know [if she was treated fairly on the show], but I think she's a great girl."
Jay was mum from there, as you can see in video of his paparazzi run-in HERE; he turned down an opportunity to address his reported joke, and quickly clammed up about the ongoing controversy.
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Still, it's clear the wheels are in motion for a deeper look into whatever the heck is going on over at America's Got Talent. And sooner or later, Stern may yet have some answers to his questions about Cowell's decision-making on female judges!
What do U think, Perezcious readers?? Fat f**k comments aside (LOLz), do you agree with the point Stern is arguing here, about AGT's suspicious revolving door for women? What do U think will come next in this red-hot reality TV controversy??
Sound OFF with all your opinions in the comments (below)…
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