By Alison M. Rosen
Updated January 22, 2004 11:00 AM
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Move over Barbara, here comes Howard. Radio shock jock Howard Stern has just signed on with ABC to do a one-off, hourlong prime-time interview special this spring, the New York Post reports.

And if audiences respond well to the show, more could follow.

There’s no doubt Stern will have to tone down his regular barbed and crude manner for the new program. But a source told the Post, “There’s probably no better interviewer than Howard Stern, and ABC knows this.”

There’s also speculation that Stern’s deal with ABC won’t be good news to some of the station’s top talent, including “The View”‘s Star Jones, whom Stern has repeatedly taunted about her weight.

“Don’t be surprised that after his show gets huge ratings, Barbara Walters is suddenly asking her guests about their penis size,” a Stern associate quipped.

In addition to working with ABC, Stern is producing a pilot for the WB about comedian Robert Schimmel’s experience falling in love with his daughter’s best friend after battling cancer.

CBS, associated with Stern’s radio show through parent company Viacom, is absent from Stern’s recent dealings. Insiders see this as a dig at CBS chief Les Moonves, with whom Stern has had a protracted feud. A spokesperson for Moonves made nice by saying, “We wish Howard success with his new project.”