Could the shittier overall quality of The Stern Show and the fact that he's barely on anymore be a plus for SiriusXM? As more people who originally signed up for Stern seek and find alternatives, whether Jay Thomas, Alex Bennett, various music channels, etc. the probability that Stern will not be offered anywhere near the money he wants come contract renewal time will make his departure have much less of an impact on subscribers than it would have just a few years ago. So the end result is SiriusXM will be able to survive Stern leaving without losing half their listeners. One can argue that the quality of the other shows isn't good enough to keep people paying, but if that was true why haven't more people cancelled by now since The Stern Show is just not that great anymore?