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Posted Wednesday 7/11/18 at 1:35PM EDT
"Stuttering John" Melendez is shopping a reality show after pranking President Trump
After recently making headlines for pranking Trump with a phone call to Air Force One, Melendez has signed a deal to star in a reality show that will be pitched to various networks. The proposed show would feature some of Melendez's antics that he became famous for in his 16 years on The Howard Stern Show, including prank calls and man-on-the-street segments. An appearance on the 2003 ABC reality show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! led to his hiring on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, first as an announcer and later as a writer.
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 5:15PM EDT
Jay Leno's former Tonight Show announcer pranked White House into getting President Trump to call him
John Melendez, who became famous as Howard Stern sidekick "Stuttering John," got the president to call him back from Air Force One after posing as New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez. Melendez played the prank call on his podcast. The screw-up has left the White House scrambling to figure out how Trump ended up placing the call, especially since his legislative team tried to kill the call in advance after learning that the U.S. senator wasn't trying to reach the president. "Stuttering John" was a prominent part of The Howard Stern Show for 16 years, famous for his ambush celebrity interviews. In 2003, he competed on the ABC reality show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, which led to a guest spot on The Tonight Show. Based on that appearance, Leno hired Melendez as his announcer in 2004, which angered Stern and resulted in a years-long feud between the shock jock and Leno. Melendez worked for Leno until his Tonight Show ended in 2014.