May 29, 2017

Bubba the Love Sponge lashes out at Hollywood as he exits Sirius XM

By Sean O’Connell Sirius XM Satellite Radio has had an interesting relationship with Hollywood as the media conglomerate has fought to expand, but if recent comments by a high-profile radio talent are any indication, that relationship might be more harmful than beneficial.

“They paid an exorbitant amount for Hollywood people like Jamie Foxx with no f—ing radio talent, so radio people like me have suffered,” said Bubba the Love Sponge, who was one of Sirius XM’s highest-rated talk show hosts until he walked away from his gig a few days ago.

In an interview with THR, Bubba says the radio company asked most of its radio talent to take pay cuts – up to 80% in some cases. For Bubba, who was making around $1 million annually, it would have reduced his salary to $200,000. He decided not to accept that offer, and so will no longer be heard on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM channel.

But Bubba’s upset because of the amount of money Sirius XM has laid out to Hollywood superstars like Foxx, Oprah Winfrey, Eminem, Bob Dylan, Martha Stewart and more, forcing hosts with years of radio experience to suffer.

“A lot of good radio people aren’t getting an opportunity because of these Hollywood people,” Bubba ranted.
”Eminem doesn’t even have to show up and they pay him zillions of dollars. Where does Bubba the Love Sponge sign up for that?

“I don’t have any business on a movie set, and actors don’t have any business behind a radio mike,” Bubba added. “You Hollywood f—s stay out of radio, and we’ll stay out of Hollywood.”

We knew negotiations would be fierce once Sirius XM buttoned up Howard Stern, who reportedly went from $100 million annually to $80 million. And it will be interesting to see which other channels at the radio company change in 2011.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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