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Howard Stern sues over ''Are You Hot''

Howard Stern sues over ''Are You Hot.'' He accuses ABC and the show's producers of ripping off ideas from his show

Hey, Lorenzo Lamas – Howard Stern would like his laser pointer back. Stern has filed suit against the producer of ”Are You Hot?” and ABC, alleging that the how-low-can-you-go reality series ripped off ideas from his radio show, according to the Associated Press. The suit claims that the ”Are You Hot?” appropriated both its laser-pointer gimmick and vicious body-critiquing style from Stern, AP reported (a spokesperson for ABC had no comment).

The suit also reportedly says that Stern had been in talks to start a new TV series spun off from his show, but that those discussions ceased after ”Are You Hot?” started. Former Stern writer and sidekick Jackie ”The Jokeman” Martling happens to be a consultant on ”Are You Hot?,” according to AP. Meanwhile, Stern’s attorney in the matter is Marty Singer – the same lawyer who’s suing HBO on behalf of raise-seeking ”Sopranos” star James Gandolfini.

Originally posted March 14 2003 — 12:00 AM EST

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