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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.


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.