Howard Stern says that after this weekend's scandal, in which a pirated screener of the film 'Super 8' bearing a watermark with his name showed up in the internet, he's not interested in a sneak peek at any more movies.
Howard Stern's personal 'Super 8' screener pirated, leaked online
Stern revealed Monday morning that Howard Stern Show producer Gary "Baba Booey" Dell'Abate was contacted by Paramount Pictures regarding the pirated screener weeks ago, but that the HSS cast and crew has already been cleared of any wrongdoing.
Stern claims that the bootleg of the J.J. Abrams summer blockbuster with "H. Stern" imprinted in the upper right hand corner must have been copied before it even reached him.
“I watch it at home," said Stern. "It doesn't leave my hands.”
Stern says he can relate to Paramount Pictures' frustration with pirated content because his own satellite radio show is regularly pirated and uploaded onto illegal file sharing websites.
“I hate to have my name associated with anything like this," said Stern. “I’m so paranoid about it that I literally watch it, I put it back in my bag and I take it [back]. Nobody gets it. Nobody can see. I bring it right back...I don't pass it around to anyone. Ever...It had nothing to do with me.”
Stern even went so far as to point the finger at an HSS "fan" hoping to make him look foolish as the possible culprit for the crime.
"There’s probably some fan…he probably targeted me. However this process goes on in putting the watermarks on— this is when the copy was made. Believe me. I assure you. It’s no one who works for me...I’m not the problem but, of course, the taint will be there…And please, don’t send me any more movies. I don’t need something like this. I don’t mind going to a movie theater or waiting for the DVD.”
Stern might be in the clear: A source familiar with the studio’s investigation tells EW there is no indication that anyone from the show was involved.