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Howard Stern Guest -- Nick Cannon Stole My TV Show

2/8/2011 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

One of Howard Stern's favorite radio guests has declared war on Nick Cannon -- accusing Mr. Mariah Carey of stealing the name of a reality show he'd been working on for years.

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Johnny Fratto -- son of infamous mob boss Louis "Cock-Eyed" Fratto -- claims he came up with a reality show back in 2004 called "Son of a Gun" ... centered around the daily life of a post-mafia family.

Fratto claims he's come "very close" to landing a deal with several networks -- and even produced two pilot episodes ... which he's still trying to get on the air.

But just a few days ago, MTV announced Cannon is producing a reality show with the SAME NAME -- "Son of a Gun" -- Nick's show centers around an up-and-coming rapper named Cory Gunz.

Fratto is pissed -- claiming Cannon not only jacked his title -- but also stole the mafia-themed "style" Fratto has used in his pilot episodes.

Fratto has now fired off a cease and desist letter to MTV -- ripping Nick as a "B-list actor" -- and demanding they shut down all plans to move forward with their show ... unless they change the title.

So far, no comment from both MTV and Nick Cannon.


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1.

angelo    

FIRST!

1323 days ago
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JIMMY C    

..JOHNNY HAD THIS SHOW IN THE BAG FOR YEARS, PLUS HE EVEN HAS A SAUCE WITH THE SAME NAME...

http://www.facebook.com/index.php?lh=8929a35b0dad6a4b284eee4935553176&eu=VmSbIhymIb134qq_qwS6fQ

1323 days ago
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Thomas    

I thought titles were not copyright protected.

1323 days ago
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mistymay60    

F*ck Erick the Midget! R.I.P u club fu*ckin footed freak!

1323 days ago
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mija    

If I were Nick, I'd change the name of that show asap. It's dumb to taunt Johnny Fratto. He might send Eric the Midget after Nick to take care of business.

1323 days ago
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sassy    

Nick Cannon is a wannabe, livin large off his nasty wife. He seems dumb enough to steal from a mobster.

1323 days ago
7.

Steelers suck    

Wait a minute! Nick Cannon made it up to "B-list" actor??? When did his star rise??

1323 days ago
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Shay22    

What about "Sons of Guns" on Discovery? He is ok with that show?

1323 days ago
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Sono    

b-list? That's an insult to every b-list actor out there...

Either way, both shows sound like a rip-off of that stupid gotti show that used to be on TV.

1323 days ago
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Jackie    

Hmm!!!..."B-list actor"???????.....I have never seen his movies. If he wasn't Married to Mariah i wouldn't have known who he was.

1323 days ago
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Truth    

REFER TO NICKY BOY BY HIS REAL NAME. MR NICK CAREY. APPEARS HE'S LISTED AS THE WIFE ON THE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE. NOT A SURPRISE... A QUICK SEARCH OF SCREEN ACTORS GUILD SHOWS NOTHING. HIS ACTING SKILLS ARE NOWHERE TO BE FOUND.

1323 days ago
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icantbelieveitsnotbutter    

This guy would be an "E-List" actor, if there was such a thing.

1323 days ago
13.

Brian    

Already a show on Discovery called "Sons of Guns." A great show and far better than anything these two have thought up.

1323 days ago
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Rindy    

Not so! The name "Son of a Gun" is used plenty of times by others. He wants to go after Nick Cannon over the name. This is funny and he is not going to win this battle in court or out in the streets.

1323 days ago
15.

Cliff    

ACK! ACK!

1323 days ago
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