On Thursday’s “Today” on NBC, Sirius XM host Howard Stern appeared to promote his role as a judge replacing Piers Morgan on the network’s show “America’s Got Talent,” and used the appearance to dismiss any prospect that he might return to terrestrial radio, where he thrived for decades.
That promise came despite the dismissal by New York state court judge Barbara Kapnick of a $300 million lawsuit Stern brought against Sirius XM — a decision Stern said he would appeal.
“I am going to appeal the decision,” he said. “You know Matt, I do believe in fairness. I certainly make a good living. But when you make a contract, you’re made promises. And in that promise it was the more subscribers that we get to Sirius Satellite Radio, I would be compensated and I felt that the interpretation of my contract was not just. The judge didn’t see it my way the first time around. I don’t think it was explained maybe to her. I don’t know what happened, but I will appeal it.”
Late last year, Stern signed a lengthy contract locking him up with Sirius XM through 2015. And Stern said he would honor that contract by saying he had no plans to go back to terrestrial radio.
“I don’t think I would leave Sirius,” he said. “I love working there. Satellite radio has been very liberating. We do have a contract dispute going on, but I do enjoy working there.”