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Howard Stern Settles ‘Are You Hot?’ Suit

August 9, 2003 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Howard Stern has settled a lawsuit against the producers of the television series ``Are You Hot? The Search for America’s Sexiest People,″ which he claimed was based on an idea stolen from his radio show.

The two-page dismissal notice on the suit was filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court. Terms were not disclosed.

Stern sued ABC and Telepictures Productions in March, claiming ``Are You Hot?″ was derived from a segment on his syndicated radio show called ``The Evaluators.″ In the segment, Stern and three panelists comment frankly on contestants’ physical attributes, rating them on their worthiness to appear in various men’s magazines.

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In the television show, contestants had their looks evaluated by three panelists.

Stern claimed in his suit that he lost a deal with another broadcast outlet after ``Are You Hot?″ began airing in February.

``Are You Hot?″ was co-produced by Scott Eizinger, a former producer of the TV version of Stern’s radio show that is broadcast nightly on the E! Entertainment cable channel.

A call to Martin Singer, attorney for Stern, was not immediately returned Friday.

Jonathan Anschell, attorney for ABC and Telepictures Productions, confirmed the settlement but declined to elaborate.