Stay Away, O.J. Leeches

Howard started off the show denying claims made by Thomas Riccio on the witness stand at O.J. Simpson's robbery/assault trial yesterday that he was paid $20,000 by one of the show's sponsors to appear as a guest. Howard explained that whatever deal Riccio had with this sponsor was his own deal and was completely independent of the show's promotions department. Howard said he allowed Riccio to plug the product in exchange for the interview – just as he lets porn stars get naked mention their Websites.