Today, Bubba says he’s living with his mom after paying a “million dollar legal fee on this other whodunit that I did.” In 2015, Nielsen Audio filed a ratings tampering lawsuit against the radio host seeking $1 million in punitive damages. They reached a confidential settlement in late July, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
Bubba says Carlson “assured me he’s not mad at me, and said we’re still friends,” and he still holds out hope that he’ll get back his mantle, telling the Tampa Bay Times last year: “I’m to Tampa what Howard is to New York and the Grease Man is to D.C. . And whether I get a chance to get it back will be determined.”
Carlson called into the Tampa, Florida-based radio show for an hour a week from 2006 to 2011, according to Media Matters. The Carlson audio captured a shock jock bloviating at the height of his fame, but Bubba’s star has fallen dramatically from his time making sexist remarks with Carlson thanks to involvement in another high-profile national controversy.
In 2016, wrestler Hulk Hogan settled for $5,000 with Bubba after the radio host filmed the wrestler having sex with his then-wife, Heather Clem. In the video, Bubba is heard saying that if the tape leaked, he could retire, CNN reported at the time. Of course, that video footage made its way to Gawker, which Hogan sued for $100 million after they published a portion of it. Bubba has denied leaking the tape.
In audio recently discovered by Media Matters for America, Tucker Carlson calls women “extremely primitive,” refers to Hillary Clinton as “anto-penis,” and defends statutory rape. On the other side of the conversation, radio host Bubba the Love Sponge challenges him on some of his statements, but eggs him on in others. Here’s one excerpt:
No longer airing on SIRIUS, Bubba still reaches an audience through his radio show, though it’s shrunk to nine markets, and through his site bubbaarmyradio.com. Last month, he interviewed Roger Stone.
Bubba the Love Sponge was born Todd Clem in Warsaw, Indiana, and legally changed is name in 1999. Bubba rose to fame in Tampa, Florida thanks to raunchy gimmicks like “No Panties Thursdays.” He described his target audience in the 1993 Tampa Bay Times profile: “The average female Bubba listener is not going to wear Gloria Vanderbilt jeans. She’ll be wearing Daisy Dukes or tight denim shorts. Or maybe she’s a conservative, Honda-drivin’, three kids a-havin’ paralegal, but she can definitely relate to dirty joke a-tellin’.”
Bubba’s show was not without controversy in those years, but it all seemed to feed into his schtick. In 2002, Bubba was acquitted in an animal cruelty felony trial after he castrated and slaughtered a pig live on-air. In 2004, after being forced off-air due to a Federal Communications Commission crackdown on “indecency,” Bubba ran for sheriff. And he made his way back to the airwaves when Stern brought him to SIRIUS. In the Hogan case, a former colleague called the Bubba the Love Sponge Show “organized chaos” and an “insane frat house,” according to court documents obtained by BuzzFeed News.
BUBBA: Bill Clinton is a real man, and Bill Clinton could give a fuck whether Hillary wins or loses. He’s just playing the role right now. He’s trying to get some whores. He doesn’t give a fuck about that battle-ax. He’s trying to keep her busy right now.
The video he filmed of his wife Heather Clem having sex with Hulk Hogan played a central role in the the wrestler's lawsuit against Gawker. Now, Bubba "the Love Sponge" Clem is heard in audio with Tucker Carlson.
by: WFLA 8 On Your Side Staff
Posted: May 17, 2019 / 07:17 AM EDT / Updated: May 17, 2019 / 08:01 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS – JANUARY 12: Radio talk show host Bubba the Love Sponge arrives at the 25th annual Adult Video News Awards Show at the Mandalay Bay Events Center January 12, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Starting Friday, radio listeners will be missing a familiar voice on AM 1040.
Recently, the radio host has faced a number of financial problems, including foreclosure on his studio in Tampa. He is also being sued for ratings tampering.Fans can still catch Bubba on his show on BubbaArmy.com.
Myself and am1040 couldn’t come up with a deal today, starting tomorrow Tampa area listeners please listen via www.BubbaArmy.com or www.twitch.tv/TheBubbaArmy Posted by Bubba the Love Sponge® Show on Thursday, May 16, 2019
Bubba the Love Sponge Clem has left the airwaves after he could not reach an agreement with the radio station, the Tampa Bay radio personality said on Facebook.
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Starting Friday, radio listeners will be missing a familiar voice on AM 1040.