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Thursday, 3 May, 2001, 19:55 GMT 20:55 UK
Shock jock Stern taunts Robinson
Howard Stern
Stern: Claims he was invited on Weakest Link special
American radio "shock jock" Howard Stern has mocked British TV quiz host Anne Robinson and said he wants to appear on her show, The Weakest Link.

Stern, who is famous for making outrageous comments on his breakfast radio show, said he has been invited to appear on a celebrity edition of the show.

"I have much interest in going on Weakest Link," he told listeners to New York radio station K-Rock.

"Let her insult me just one frigging time and I'm just going to sit there with this Globe article Weakest Link Host's Dark Secrets'," he said. "She's the weakest link."

The Weakest Link
Stern says he would not answer one question
The foul-mouthed DJ - who has incurred $2m (1.4m) in fines from broadcasting authorities - said he would read the profiles of the quiz-show host printed in American tabloid magazines.

A spokesperson for the show was not available for comment.

Robinson's acidic comments to contestants have helped her shoot to success with the show in both the US and the UK, with top ratings in both countries.

Stern is New York's most popular breakfast presenter and is best-known in Britain for starring in the film Private Parts, about his own life.

The 1997 story saw him giving a listener an on-air orgasm and joking about his wife's miscarriage - but being a much nicer guy away from the microphone.

Howard Stern
Stern found international fame in Private Parts
He supposedly does not drink, smoke, or take drugs, and practises transcendental meditation.

In 1994, he was to stand for governor of New York governor, and campaigned to bring back the death penalty with the slogan Volt for Every Vote.

Before he dropped out, he was registering 18% in opinion polls.

He made his name on NBC - the same network that broadcasts The Weakest Link - but they fired him in 1985 after getting fed up of his on-air bad language and controversial subject matter.

And host of the American Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Regis Philbin, broke his silence on Robinson on Wednesday.

He held up a newspaper article reporting her show's ratings fall and said "Goodbye" - but added: "She's all right. She's just doing her job."

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