Howard Stern gets blown off backstage by Paul McCartney
Howard Stern, the self-proclaimed "King of All Media", didn't have enough pull to get Paul McCartney's autograph at the Apollo Theater last night.
McCartney was performing at a private New York City concert put on by Sirius XM Radio, the satellite service that broadcasts The Howard Stern Show, and during a backstage "meet and greet" Stern tried getting the ex-Beatle to sign a ticket stub for his 17-year-old daughter, Ashley Jade. As he explained on his radio show this morning, it was a humiliating experience when McCartney's handlers gave him the bum's rush.
"Paul couldn't get away from that pen fast enough," complained Stern. "It was like I had AIDS."
Comedian Chris Rock was standing nearby, and on observing the snub he reportedly snickered: "Oh man, that was bad!"
Don't feel too sorry for Stern, though. He might not own a scribble from McCartney, but he does have a new five-year contract with Sirius XM, rumoured to be worth at least US$80-million a year. And don't feel too sorry for Sirius XM either, which threw the party with McCartney to celebrate reaching 20 million subscribers.
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