Howard Stern, web site complain that ABC’s Are You Hot rips them off.

Howard Stern, web site complain that ABC’s Are You Hot rips them off.
Before wannabe Simon Cowell Lorenzo Lamas used a laser pointer to point out flaws on people on Are You Hot?, Howard Stern did the same thing on his (televised) radio show. Because of the similarities, Stern “has complained that the concept was a ripoff of his radio bit,” the New York Daily News reports. Additionally, the show is produced by Scott Einziger, one of the producers for the Howard Stern Show on E!, and Jackie Martling, who left Howard’s show last year, is a consultant for the ABC series. Meanwhile, the web site Hot or Not? “are contemplating legal action against Are You Hot? because the show freely borrows their trademark phrase,” according to USA TODAY.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.