Updated: January 7, 1998
Controversy At The Salem Challenge!

Debra GibsonToday's return of the Stern show from vacation brought the long-awaited Scott Salem Challenge. It all started when several people from the show including the still-missing Jackie Martling put up a total of $31,000 in a bet with Scott the Engineer that he couldn't do 17 perfect push-ups.

After an hour's delay, the event began with Debra (Debbie) Gibson singing the National Anthem. There was also a judge on hand to make sure that Scott's push-ups were full and legitimate.

Around 8:35am, dressed in a sweat suit and tee-shirt, Scott began his task. The room erupted in chanting and screaming as Scott entered the studio and began. The roar continued until Scott stopped when he believed that he had passed the 17 point. Within a few seconds he found out that the Judge ruled that he didn't do 17. He blew up and walked out of the studio ranting about Howard and how he did it and that Howard BETTER pay!

During some calmer discussion with the audience, everyone agreed to let Dean, the Judge, view the videotape to make a final decision, much like a photo finish in horse racing.

After reviewing the tape three times, Dean told everyone, "Having reviewed the tape, Scott did do the 17 push-ups." A victorious Scott said, 'I worked my ass off for this." Reluctantly, Howard, Robin and Fred accepted the decision at first but then criticized Dean and the definition of a real push-up.

After playing the tape for the studio audience, the general consensus was that Scott didn't do 17 push-ups but possibly 16 weak ones. Dean, the judge back-peddled with, "looking at the tape now, with audio, I'd say he didn't do it."

As far as the payoffs are concerned, all bets are off for now. No one is willing to pay anything to Scott as of yet.

Hopefully tomorrow will bring a fair ending to this bet once everyone has judged for themselves when the results of the contest are seen tonight on E! TV. (11pm eastern)


For The updated story - Scott gets Paid!

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