Stern says he can outmouth late nite TV competish

The self-proclaimed “king of all media” wouldn’t mind becoming the king of network late night.

He’s not sure he’ll ever get the chance, but Howard Stern said he’s interested in taking a stab at David Letterman’s soon-to-be-vacated 12:30 a.m. time slot.

And he says he’d win.

“I know I would win; I’m that confident about it,” Stern told the Television Critics Assn.’s National Cable Forum yesterday via satellite hook-up. “I know I would beat Letterman, I know I could beat Leno, I know I could beat anything at 12:30.”

Appearing for the chat to trumpet his “Howard Stern Interview” half-hour interview show on E! Entertainment Television, the shock jock was asked about the steep fines for his alleged on-air indecency the FCC charged to stations broadcasting his radio show.

“The stations will not pay any fine,” Stern emphasized. “Everybody knows that this is an absolute joke with the FCC.”

“There are millions of people who listen to the show and enjoy it. There are millions of people who don’t listen to the show but don’t complain. But if one person complains, everybody gets their ass in an uproar,” he said.

Stern raised an intriguing possibility with an upcoming episode featuring James Brown, which he believes has more good material than can fit into 30 minutes..

“If we happen to go 10 minutes over that sacred half-hour, why not just let it roll, why edit anything out?” he asked. “If the show is good for 41 minutes, let it run.”

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