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.