DEE SNIDER: Too Twisted For ABC?

February 18, 2002

The following item comes to us courtesy of The New York Post:

TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider may have been a bit too twisted for the suits at ABC's late night info-fest, "World News Now".

Snider, formerly known as the hulking drag queen who snarled the '80s anthems "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock", was invited on the show Thursday to deliver a two-minute commentary about the Enron scandal.

But sources tell Page Six that Snider's humorous rant on "Enron venture capitalism" was lifted from an e-mail that's been widely circulated on the Internet called "Enron's Cows," a take-off on the way capitalism works:

"You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull. Your herd multiplies," The Enron version begins, "You have two cows. You sell three of them to your publicly listed company." After a debt equity swap, a tax exemption, and a transfer of milk rights to a Cayman Island company, there are eight cows and an option on one more.

ABC execs realized Snider swiped his material from the Web, and allegedly banned him from coming back on the show. A network flack says Snider was not under contract, and that the former hair metal hedonist didn't get paid for the spot.

The spokesman, who said he was unaware of the cow flap, stressed that the low-rated "World News Now" has a history of quirkiness.

"It's a different kind of show," he explained. "We have an accordion player who comes in once a week and plays the 'World News Now Polka.' It's not like we have Dee Snider in there sitting next to Peter Jennings."

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