Wild Writings March 2004 News:
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Starring Jessica Simpson As ... Jessica Sampson 
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MTV News spoke with Jessica Simpson about her new ABC sitcom that is still in development, but would cast the singer as 'Jessica Sampson'. "It's like reality-meets-script, kind of like how 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' was done," Simpson explained, "but not as much, because there's more script than that. But a lot of it will be just seeing how much of a fool I can make of myself. I don't mind. Laugh at yourself, you know?"
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Mariah Carey declines movie role, which wanted nudity
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Mariah Carey, whose birthday is today, declined a movie role where she would have to show her breasts. According to the German article Bild, the singer said she wouldn't accept the role even if they used a stunt, because that type of thing has nothing
to do with her.

"They would use a stunt of my body, but the next day the press would be saying that I showed my breasts and that I was naked in a movie", criticized the singer.
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Britney Spears Cancels Show After Injuring Knee
MTV
Spears suffered a knee injury while performing in Moline, Illinois, on Thursday, forcing her to cancel her Friday night (March 19) performance at the Allstate Arena in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont.

The singer injured herself near the end of the show, during a dance routine for one of her new songs, "(I Got That) Boom Boom." The show was a part of Spears' Onyx Hotel Tour, which kicked off on March 2 in support of her latest album, In the Zone.

A statement from Spears' label, Jive Records, asked fans to hold on to their tickets until further notice. A representative for the Allstate Arena said the venue is negotiating a makeup date for the middle of April.

Four years ago, Spears underwent surgery after twisting her knee during a dance rehearsal.

Spears' spokesperson declined to comment on the nature of the injury or on whether more dates might be nixed
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Nick & Jessica's 'Newlyweds’ makes a huge debut
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MTVs 'Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica,' returned with a bang for a second season, posting its most-watched episode ever with an audience of 4.7 million
viewers.
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Beyonce teaming with Tommy Hilfiger to produce new purfume
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January 2004 - Tommy Hilfiger Toiletries announced today that they will team with music icon Beyoncé Knowles in a multi-year deal. The agreement establishes Ms. Knowles, a best-selling recording artist and the lead singer of the group Destiny's Child, as the spokesperson for a new fragrance slated for a global launch in the fall.

"Beyoncé is a true star," said Tommy Hilfiger. Hilfiger went on to say "Not only is she extremely talented and beautiful, but she is sophisticated, intelligent and charming. Her career is serious, professional and on the rise."

"Throughout my career, I have been lucky to work with the best in the business - first the music business and now the beauty business," said Beyoncé Knowles. "I love fragrance, so this new relationship with Tommy Hilfiger Toiletries is the fulfillment of one of my dreams. I can't wait to get started."
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50 Cent Fans To Be Filmed Having Sex...
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Ananova reports "Fans of the rapper 50 Cent are to be filmed having sex for an adult DVD.

It's reported the rapper will appear in the DVD Groupie Luv with his G UNIT posse, but won't be taking part in the sex sessions.

Fans will be invited on to the star's bus during his US tour later this year and encouraged to have sex. They will also be asked if they mind being filmed.

The rapper, real name Curtis Jackson, has teamed up with adult movie company Digital Sin to make the film, says The Sun.

Describing the DVD, spokesman Jeff Mullen said: "It will make the viewer feel part of the entourage. You'll be able to choose which groupie you want to watch having sex and where it takes place. It will be like the viewer is on the bus.

"50 understands that this is another marketing outlet for him, one that could open him up to an even bigger audience."
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$2 Million for 30-seconds of 'Friends' finale
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NBC expects to reap $70 million from the final night of "Friends," thanks to advertisers who are shelling out a record $2 million for 30-second spots.

That's a new mark for an entertainment show, and just shy of the $2.3 million price tag for a Super Bowl spot.

The sitcom world has not seen such hoopla since the "Seinfeld" farewell in 1998, when 30-second commercials went for $1.7 million. NBC has sold out nearly all the spots for the "Friends" final episode, set to air May 6, capping the show's phenomenal 10-year run.

Advertisers ponied up the big bucks because they expect more than 30 million homes to watch Monica, Phoebe, Chandler, Ross, Rachel and Joey one last time.
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Jessica Simpson wants to focus on acting and not singing
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Pop star-turned-reality icon Jessica Simpson has given up making music - because she isn't comfortable getting sexy for video shoots or doing live pop shows.

Simpson's album sales have been going downhill since her debut, Sweet Kisses, sold two million copies, and now she's turning her back on music to concentrate on her acting.

She says, "The music industry right now, it's not even fun, so this is just God opening bigger doors. This way, when I want to focus on music again, it'll actually be out of love and passion.

"Musically, my dream is to do what Norah Jones did. I can't play the piano but to sit next to the piano and just sing... and not have to put on a big elaborate show...

"I just miss the old Hollywood Bing Crosby-like love for music. Wearing the head mic, the belly top, and doing the dance moves wasn't the real me."
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Sean Paul takes Beyonce's side in Beyonce vs. Blu Cantrell Fued
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Sean Paul is furious with former girlfriend and collaborator Blu Cantrell, after she slammed his duet with singing sensation Beyonce. The singer was astonished when Blu - with whom he recorded smash hit single Breathe - lashed out at the Crazy In Love beauty over their collaboration Baby Boy, accusing Beyonce of copying her. He fumes, "I don't think Blu has the right attitude. It is good luck for all of us when we do a song together and there's opportunities which are coming my way right now which I am going to take. "Blu Cantrell is one of the people I've worked with, but I have also worked with De La Soul, Jay-Z and Busta Rhymes so I was looking to do all these things. "With Beyonce, it has helped both of our careers. The video and the song have been huge all around the world. Blu may feel she was the first to do it but it's not the case. "If you look on the credits of who wrote the songs, you see that Blu Cantrell didn't even write Breathe."
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Nervous Beyonce Preps Dolce Glam On Eve Of Ladies First Tour Outing
VH1
Beyoncé used to dream about one day heading out on the road on a girls-only concert bill. That dream will turn into reality Friday night when Beyoncé, Alicia Keys and Missy Elliott — three sirens of R&B and hip-hop — kick off their five-week Ladies First Tour in Sunrise, Florida.

"I had been talking about getting an R&B and hip-hop version of Lilith Fair for about a year and it's finally here. It's gonna be the tour of life," the singer said Wednesday night. "Touring is my favorite thing to do in the world. I love writing songs, but until you see the artist perform it live, you don't really get the full interpretation of the song."

Beyoncé has seemingly done it all in her career, but this outing actually marks a first for her — the first time she'll tour as a solo artist. Sans her sisters-in-arms, Destiny's Child, Beyoncé knows the pressure is all on her.

"I'm a little nervous by myself, because whenever you make any kind of mistake, it's just you on the stage," she said, laughing. "I'm very much involved in everything. I'm literally on the mic calling every cue in rehearsals."

As she's proven in countless videos, red-carpet walks and awards show performances, there will be a distinctive style brought to the stage when Beyoncé struts across it. Dolce & Gabbana designed all the dresses for the diva and her dancers, and up to seven costume changes are planned for the set.

"[There's] a lot of old Hollywood glamour," she said. "I get a lot of my inspiration from old musicals, old films. I like to put [in] a little bit of ballet, jazz, and expose my fans to a lot of different things, but still mix it in with hip-hop."
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Britney Spears is getting into that "Leaving Las Vegas" frame of mind.
VH1
The singer is going to stage her suicide in her new video for "Everytime," as a way to respond to rumors and reports that she's teetering on the brink, seeking help, in therapy or otherwise disturbed. Call the clip Britney's funhouse mirror — it'll reflect her life, but distort it, too.

Spears' follow-up to "Toxic" — her first #1 single since 2000's "Oops! ... I Did it Again" — will be shot in Los Angeles but set in Sin City, home of her quickie marriage. Though "Everytime" is a plea for forgiveness for inadvertently hurting a former lover, that aspect isn't addressed as much as the song's tone of regret and loss.

Directed by David LaChapelle, the video will use "saturated, but low and naturalistic lighting" to give a cinematic feel, taking a cue from the 1995 Nicolas Cage film "Leaving Las Vegas." According to the clip's treatment, Spears arrives at the supposedly secret but paparazzi-swarmed back alley of an exclusive hotel, boyfriend in tow. Though it's common for the singer to be mobbed by the press, this time, people go to extremes, exaggerating the chaos as her bodyguards try to protect her and fights break out.

The camera cuts back and forth from the action to find Spears in an extreme close-up, performing directly to the camera as the story unfolds around her. She and her date are shuttled into the hotel, having been roughed up a bit, and exchange a look expressing that what was supposed to be a vacation is no fun for either of them. They end up in the high-rollers suite, but it doesn't help calm them down. Spears tries to put her angry boyfriend at ease, pouring two glasses of wine from the gift basket, but he lashes out, smashing the bottle at her feet.

Spears then gets quiet and walks away, heading to the bathroom, where the camera angles start to add a bit of mystery. A hand lays down a glass of red wine, water trickles around the cracks of tile, the bathtub overflows, and on the ledge stands a bottle of pills, the cap removed. Spears' head slips under water, and only then does her boyfriend, who had been watching television, start to notice. As he tries to revive her, the camera tracks a new Britney, alive and unharmed, walking past him, out of the room and out of the hotel. The paparazzi, still swarming at the back entrance, don't seem to register this Britney, and she disappears into the night.

Ambiguity is all that remains — is Britney alive? Dead? A ghost? Did she kill herself off before the tabloids could? Did she kill herself so that she could be reborn? The final shot — which shouldn't be revealed here so as not to spoil the surprise — doesn't answer any of these questions, but should give fans plenty to talk about.
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Rapper Tricky Trashes Eminem; Questions Eminem On Christina
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VIBE:I read some nasty things you said about Eminem.
TRICKY: Oh yeah? What did I say?
VIBE: Kind of what you said about the Streets.

TRICKY: Eminem slept on people's couches, and that's having it hard? When he came out with "Slim Shady," I can remember thinking, "That's interesting," but I think he's fed into his image. And all of a sudden it's about the struggling, about hard times, about being a gangsta rapper. How have you had hard times, man? My mum committed suicide when I was about four. I never saw my dad 'til I was 12, and then I decided I didn't like him, so I never saw
him again. I don't talk about that, I don't put it in my record. I've been to prison. I've done street stuff. I used to get arrested all the time. I don't think that's anybody's business. I don't talk about that in my music. In a way, he could have done a lot of good for the music industry, and I think he just walked away from what he was there for. He's obviously got
talent, because millions of people like him. It's not my thing. It's kind of punk rock - this little white kid being the biggest rapper in the world. But I don't think he's lived up to what he could have done. He could have done some damage. He could have done some real punk rock. Rap on something you've never heard before. Take a risk. Say something. There's a lot of bad shit going on. Your mum's an alcoholic - so what? My mum killed herself. It's like, come on, man. You're angry? What the ***** you angry about? I'm not angry. He picks on, what, Christina Aguilera, Moby...what have they done to him, man? I think what it is, is [that] Christina Aguilera, 'NSync, all that - they're a mirror reflection, and he hates the fact that he's become that.

The industry has made him that. Maybe I'm analyzing it wrong, but I can't see why you'd slag [them] off.
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Beyonce fires back at Christina's "fake" comments
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In a recent interview with MTV, Beyonce was asked about Christina callin' her fake in the December issue of Blender and she said, "I dont have a problem with Christina, it's obvious that she is going through things in her career right now and she feels that I'm probably takin' the spotlight from her, but it's not my fault, I love what I do and I cant help it if everybody
is interested in what I do, I cant help that."
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Jay-Z set to become Beyonce's manager?
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Rapper Jay-Z is on the verge of becoming more than just Beyonce Knowles' boyfriend - he's currently making moves to become her manager. According to pals of the 22-year-old Destiny's Child singer, Jay-Z - real name Shawn Carter - is planning to take over the reigns from his belle's father Mathew Knowles - after vowing his last album will be the last of his
recording career.

A source says of 34-year-old Jay-Z, "He gives her input on what to wear, what to eat, who to work with. He's in control - and her father respects his decisions.

"Jay-Z is definitely very controlling like Mathew Knowles. If that's what she's seeking, he maybe her soul mate."

But the Change Clothes star's representative has dismissed the suggestions, stating, "He's so busy helping put together a hip-hop tour called Roc The Mic, and his autobiography The Black Book comes out this spring. Plus, he's developing a high-end clothing line."
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Oscar Wrap Up - The Winners!
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Tim Robbins and Renée Zellweger won their first Oscars Sunday night, scoring Best Supporting Actor and Actress prizes for ''Mystic River'' and ''Cold Mountain,'' respectively. A teary Zellweger thanked her fellow nominees, while Tim Robbins offered a message to victims of ''abuse and violence'': ''There is no shame in seeking help and counseling.'' Eleven-times-nominated ''The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King'' dominated the technical categories, winning five prizes, while Pixar's $340 million-grossing ''Finding Nemo'' predictably triumphed in the Best Animated Feature Film category.

HONORARY AWARD
Blake Edwards

MAKEUP
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN
OF THE KING
Richard Taylor
Peter King

MUSIC (SCORE)
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN
OF THE KING
Howard Shore

MUSIC (SONG)
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN
OF THE KING
"Into the West"
Music and Lyric by Fran Walsh and
Howard Shore and Annie Lennox

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
HARVIE KRUMPET
Adam Elliot

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
TWO SOLDIERS
Aaron Schneider and Andrew J.
Sacks

SOUND EDITING
MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR
SIDE OF THE WORLD
Richard King

SOUND MIXING
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN
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Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick,
Michael Hedges and Hammond Peek

VISUAL EFFECTS
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN
OF THE KING
Jim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randall William
Cook and Alex Funke

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Sean Penn
MYSTIC RIVER

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Charlize Theron
MONSTER

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Tim Robbins
MYSTIC RIVER

BEST MOVIE
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN
OF THE KING

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
FINDING NEMO
Andrew Stanton

ART DIRECTION
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
Grant Major (Art Direction); Dan Hennah and Alan Lee (Set Decoration)

CINEMATOGRAPHY
MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD
Russell Boyd

COSTUME DESIGN
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
Ngila Dickson and Richard Taylor

DIRECTING
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Peter Jackson

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
THE FOG OF WAR
Errol Morris and Michael Williams

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
CHERNOBYL HEART
Maryann DeLeo

FILM EDITING
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
Jamie Selkirk

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS
Canada
Directed by Denys Arcand

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN
OF THE KING
Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa
Boyens & Peter Jackson

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
LOST IN TRANSLATION
Written by Sofia Coppola

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Renée Zellweger
COLD MOUNTAIN

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scars - The Detailed Recap! Lord Of The Rings ...
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The Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King has won 11 prizes out of a possible 11 at the Academy Awards.
The final part of the Tolkien trilogy achieved a clean sweep, including best picture and director for Peter Jackson.

It became the first fantasy film to win best picture - and equalled the record trophy tally at the Hollywood ceremony.

And Sean Penn won best actor, with Charlize Theron named best actress. Renee Zellweger and Tim Robbins also won acting prizes for supporting roles.

The Return of the King also scooped best score, song, film editing, make-up and costume design.

Charlize Theron had been hot favourite to win best actress
Its haul was completed by best adapted screenplay, art direction, visual effects and sound mixing.

On picking up his best director trophy, The Lord of the Rings film-maker Peter Jackson said: "You're giving us an incredibly overwhelming night and I appreciate it so much."

He also praised his "wonderful cast who got their tongues around this rather awkward text and made it come to life".

Also among The Lord of the Rings' awards was best song for Annie Lennox's rendition of Into the West.

The former Eurythmics singer said she was "stunned" and thanked director Peter Jackson for an "amazing" project.

All eyes had been on The Return of the King, with fans hoping Jackson and his cast would finally be honoured by the Hollywood establishment.

Renee Zellweger had been nominated for three years in a row The two previous Lord of the Rings films have had limited Oscars success in the past - picking up six prizes from 19 nominations between them.

But the trilogy has been a huge hit with fans and had tremendous box office success.

The Return of the King recently became the second most popular movie of all time, taking more than $1bn (£534m) at global box offices.

Both Theron and Zellweger gave highly emotional acceptance speeches.

Theron, who won for her role as a serial killer in Monster, said it had been "such an incredible year".

Her voice faltered as she thanked her mother. "You have sacrificed so much for me to be able to live here and make my dreams come true," she said.

"There are no words to describe how much I love you. Thank you, thank you."

And Zellweger said she was "overwhelmed" and thanked her "immigrant mom and dad" for "never saying don't try".

The bleachers - or fan grandstands - were back on the red carpet this year
Accepting his prize, Robbins told the audience: "Wow, this is really a lovely honour. I'd like to thank my fellow nominees, who were all spectacular."

Master and Commander won two statuettes - for best sound editing and best cinematography.

Sofia Coppola picked up the award for best original screenplay - and thanked her father Francis Ford for "everything you taught me".

Hit fish cartoon Finding Nemo won best animated feature, as widely expected.

The Fog of War was named best documentary feature - and producer Errol Morris was the first winner to touch on politics.

Nominated actress Naomi Watts was there with boyfriend Heath Ledger He said: "40 years ago this country went down a rabbit hole in Vietnam and millions died - I fear we're going down a rabbit hole once again."

And French-Canadian comedy drama The Barbarian Invasions was named best foreign language film.

Security was tight for the ceremony, which was hosted by comedian Billy Crystal.

Crystal, who has hosted the ceremony seven times before, began the show with a spoof trailer in which he pretended to appear in many of the nominated films.

The event has seen all-out glitz and humour return after being overshadowed by war last year.

Sir Ben Kingsley is nominated for The House of Sand and Fog "For the very first time, we're being simulcast in Aramaic," Crystal joked in his opening monologue, referring to the ancient language used in Mel Gibson's film The Passion of the Christ.

There were also tributes to Bob Hope and Katharine Hepburn - who both died during the last 12 months.

And The Pink Panther writer and director Blake Edwards was presented with a lifetime achievement award by Jim Carrey.

The Lord of the Rings had 11 nominations, seafaring epic Master and Commander had 10 while Cold Mountain and Seabiscuit had seven each.

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Mariah and New Man?
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Although nothing has been confirmed, this picture has surfaced from Mariah's winter vacation.

While Mariah was skiing in Aspen for Christmas, she not only spent time with friends - but had some quality time with a new man. (Rumored to be named Mark).

While touring, Mariah has said she has a boyfriend - and this is one of the first pictures on the net showing so!

Big difference between this guy and Tommy Mottola.
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Lopez flop sweeps Razzie awards
BBC
The least coveted awards show in Hollywood, the Golden Raspberries, "honoured" Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck's film flop Gigli with a total of six awards.

The Razzies, as they are affectionately known, recognise the worst films of the year. 
Gigli became one of the most expensive flops in history

The event is always held the day before the Oscars, seeing itself as the antithesis of Hollywood's biggest backslapping night.

Unsurprisingly, there is no red carpet and absolutely no stars in attendance at the ceremony as no-one wants the dishonour of winning.

In its 24-year history the only actor ever to turn up to collect an award was Tom Green for his howler Freddy Got Fingered.

His brave attempt to laugh at himself won him so much credence it is a wonder why others have not followed suit.

Affleck could have drawn a line under his annus horribilus by turning out but there was no sign of him or any other star, who are more accustomed to fawning rather than scathing audiences.

Instead, the ceremony is more of a comedy revue show with a room full of people coming together to celebrate all that is bad in the movie world.

The biggest contenders for this year's awards were Gigli and The Cat in the Hat, starring Mike Myers in the adaptation of the classic Dr Seuss tale.
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Howard Stern gets Booted!
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Clear Channel Radio, the company that dominates radio with its ownership of 1,200 stations, says it has drawn ''a line in the sand'' regarding on-air indecency, and on Wednesday, it penalized Howard Stern for allegedly crossing that line. In response to Stern's Tuesday's broadcast, Clear Channel dropped him from its six stations -- in Fort Lauderdale, Rochester, Orlando, San Diego, Pittsburgh, and Louisville -- that had carried the syndicated program. In a statement, Clear Channel president John Hogan said of Tuesday's show: ''It was vulgar, offensive, and insulting, not just to women and African-Americans but to anyone with a sense of common decency.''

Hogan didn't cite the specific content that led to the decision, but the New York Daily News reports that the offending words may have come not from Stern or even from guest Rick Salomon (of Paris Hilton sex tape infamy), but from a caller. Salomon had been boasting of the celebrities he claims to have had sex with when the caller asked if he'd ever slept with any famous African-Americans -- though the term the caller used was the N-word. ''We will not air Howard Stern until we are assured that his show will conform to acceptable standards of responsible broadcasting,'' Hogan said.

Stern's show is syndicated by Infinity Broadcasting, which is a division of Viacom, as are CBS and MTV, the TV outlets behind the Janet Jackson-Justin Timberlake Super Bowl debacle, which prompted the current crackdown on indecency by both the Federal Communications Commission and by self-policing radio and TV broadcasters. Clear Channel's action against Stern came one day after the radio giant announced a ''zero-tolerance'' policy toward indecency. The first casualty of that policy, fired on Tuesday, was Todd Clem, the widely syndicated radio host known as Bubba the Love Sponge, whose graphic sex talk had resulted in FCC fines of $755,000 against Clear Channel. In the future, the company said, it would write into hosts' contracts a provision that would make them share the cost of fines, giving them a financial incentive to keep it clean.

Stern discussed the Clear Channel move on his show on Thursday. Describing himself as ''under attack,'' he said of the FCC, ''They've been after me since 1992... then Janet Jackson whipped out her boob and that's all they needed.'' (Stern has cost Infinity some $1.7 million in fines over the years.) Meanwhile, in Washington, at Congressional hearings over whether the FCC should multiply its current indecency fine tenfold, several media executives are scheduled to testify on Thursday, including Clear Channel's Hogan.
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