Leno-Bashing: When Will NBC Slap An O&E type Muzzle On Howie?

Discussion in 'The Howard Stern Show' started by OV, May 10, 2012.

  1. OV

    OV Rapscallion

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    Hamptons is now supposedly a part of the greater NBC happy family yet again last night on Jimmy, he's still shoveling his tired old shtick whenever possible by bashing Jay Leno. He's using what are becoming ever-vague or obscure references like "hiding in the closet" (which realistically applies more to him) about how Jay allegedly stole the job from Letterman.

    Last I looked, Leno, whether you like him or not, is still the Late Night cash cow for NBC and those viewers keeping his advertisers happy are mostly fans from Middle America with middle American values. How impressed can these Leno fans be with this uncomfortable, peculiar-looking creature slamming their hero?? Likewise, how happy can NBC be seeing someone they've taken a chance on despite a career largely associated with smut, mean-spirited attacks, promiscuity, racial stereotyping and infidelity now trying to undermine one of their cash cows? Mean-spiritedness is unlikely to resonate too positively with AGT's demographics.

    Just doesn't make sense to let this new addition to the NBC "family" trash one of its respected long-standing senior members - especially after seeing the hard way the kind of chord it struckwith his viewers in the past when trying to cast Jay aside for a douchy GenX inside-joke telling Ginger. :dontknow:

    Howard had Mel slap a gag order on O&A from talking shit about him. Hell, there's much more at stake here when you're talking perceived icons and network advertising dollars. If I were one of the head honchos at NBC corporate and their entertainment division, (Jeff Zucker & Jennifer Salke??) already under fire for delivering the worst ratings, I would step in immediately to slap a muzzle on Wiggie to put a stop to any further Leno bashing. It just doesn't make sense to let him trash one of the best performing properties on a failing network.
     
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  2. HORSETOOTHED

    HORSETOOTHED Well-Known Member

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    I think all they'd have to do is ask him nicely and he'd comply.
     
  3. PI Nate

    PI Nate Disenfranchised since 1984... Gold

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    we know what he is, were just negotiating...
     
  4. Rob0729

    Rob0729 Well-Known Member

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    Leno probably doesn't give a crap. As you said, he appeals to middle America who think Howard is vile. The more Howard trashes Leno on national TV, the more Leno's core audience hates Howard, not Jay.

    As for NBC, they are the fourth network in the ratings and most of their primetime shows have lower ratings than their late night Saturday Night Live. Even some of their top rated scripted shows get lower ratings than shows from other networks that will be canceled for too low ratings. They are desperately hoping Howard helps to change their primetime ratings failures. So they are going to give him a long leash especially when he is pimping out their network for free in other venues.

    Now if Middle America turns off AGT because of him and the target audience they hope Howard will attract (males 18-49) don't turn into AGT, the relationship between Howard and NBC will sour quickly. Then you are more likely to see a Leno gag order then.

    If Howard is successful though, NBC will probably give a primetime show where he bashes Leno endlessly for 22 minutes a week, 22 weeks a season.
     
  5. Nick Manning

    Nick Manning Well-Known Member VIP

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    It's only a matter of time before Howard and The Wig (allegedly) will kneel before King Leno.
     
  6. Morrisb

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    Leno interviews politicians and current stars. Stern interviews gays & hasbeens (prez vs. Macy Gray). GAME OVER.
     
  7. MrWarmth

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    Harumph