Pizza Hut Stands By ‘America’s Got Talent’ And Howard Stern
Howard Stern’s turn as a judge on America’s Got Talent has drawn the ire of the Parents Television Council but that hasn’t stopped pizza chain Pizza Hut from airing its family friendly advertisements on the popular TV series.
The Parents Television Council has been urging advertisers to pull out of the show while threatening boycotts. Pizza Hut however had agreed to keep its commercials in place, releasing the following statement:
“Pizza Hut strives to maintain the highest standards of quality and excellence in our communications to the public. Our advertisements are no exception, and are designed to draw attention to our products and appeal to a broad audience.”
The company’s rep continues:
“Unfortunately, we may not always success in generating a positive impact on every guest, and we apologize if our methods offend some.”
It is likely that many advertisers for the show were well aware of the blow back that would occur when Howard Stern was announced as the shows newest judge and therefore prepared for the moment when they would come under attack by outside groups attempting to quell Howard Stern’s voice on the show.
In the meantime Howard Stern is just rolling with the punches and seems indifferent to this newest round of media hype, telling NorthJersey.com:
“Somebody wrote that I wanted to do TV because I’d fallen out of the public consciousness. That’s so ridiculous. I went to satellite to get away from people.”
What might be most crazy about Stern taking over for Piers Morgan is the simple fact that Parents Television Council has no idea how he’ll act on the show. Sure Stern is not the most pleasant host on talk radio but he also conducts himself behind the “closed doors” of subscriber based satellite radio, for all we know Stern’s personality on America’s Got Talent could be more along the lines of a cranky Simon Cowell type than a shock jock looking to offend the shows viewers with potty mouth humor.