Howard Stern has always been hot, but is he willing to cool off for charity? The viral social media sensation known as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has finally invaded the Howard Stern Show. Stern's "America's Got Talent" cohort Nick Cannon nominated him for the wet and wild charity stunt on Thursday. See Nick Cannon's nomination of Howard Stern here. As if that wasn't exciting enough, actor Zac Efron upped the ante by calling out Wack Packer Eric the Actor as one of his own nominees along with Robert Pattinson and Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey. See Zac Efron nominate Eric the Actor here
Stern already pooh-poohed the challenge earlier this summer when he was nominated by "Today" co-host and friend of the Stern Show Matt Lauer. Before his nomination by Nick Cannon, Stern was discussing the challenge on Tuesday's Howard Stern Show when he joked that some day researchers will find that the disease is caused by exposure to ice water. Stern recommended just donating to the charity rather than participating in the viral water dump.
It's no surprise, since Stern built his media empire on refusing to go along with the crowd, but is he really strong enough to freeze out the wave of support for the charity stunt of the summer? Stern is already a major charity supporter, especially for animals. Stern's wife Beth Ostrosky Stern is the spokeswoman for the North Shore Animal League, the nation's largest no kill animal shelter.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was started by friends and family of Pete Frates, a former Division I athlete from Boston College, who was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). ALS is a motor neuron disease affecting the muscles. It was formerly known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease" for the famous baseball player who was the first celebrity to be diagnosed with the condition and reveal it to the world.