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- Posted on May 15th 2008 10:00AM by John D. Luerssen
Dolly Parton has fired back at the Howard Stern radio show, in response to a bit that originally aired May 6 on the top rated Sirius Satellite program, which , according to the singer, electronically manipulated her speaking voice using elements of her audiobook to create "racist and sexually vulgar statements." An outraged Parton hinted a lawsuit might be forthcoming as a result of the comedic bit.
"I have never been so shocked, hurt and humiliated in all my life," Parton said in a statement. "I cannot believe what Howard Stern has done to me. In a blue million years, I would never have such vulgar things come out of my mouth."
"They have done editing or some sort of trickery to make this horrible, horrible thing," the legendary country singer continued. "Please accept my apology for them and certainly know I had nothing to do with this. If there was ever going to be a lawsuit, it's going to be over this. Just wanted you to know that I am completely devastated by this."
Stern's 'anything-goes' broadcast has become notorious -- especially since its move to Sirius -- for such vocal manipulations. The use of sound clip manipulation takes place on a regular basis in bits and phony phone calls that are often the work of Stern staffers Sal "the Stockbroker" Governale and Richard Christie.