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Howard Stern replacing Piers Morgan on ‘America’s Got Talent’

Howard Stern gets his first regular prime-time TV gig on "America's Got Talent." CREDIT: AP

Howard Stern gets his first regular prime-time TV gig on "America's Got Talent." CREDIT: AP

Howard Stern as a judge on "America's Got Talent"

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Howard Stern in his film “Private Parts” in 1997 made his bosses at WNBC look like morons.

Now the Sirius/XM radio host is back working with NBC as a judge on “America’s Got Talent,” replacing Piers Morgan, who wanted to focus on his CNN talk show.

“Howard Stern’s larger-than-life personality will bring a thrilling new dynamic to America’s Got Talent starting this summer,” explained NBC alternative programming head Paul Telegdy in a press release this morning. “He’s a proven innovator and his track record in broadcasting is truly remarkable. Howard is very passionate about this show and is fully committed to its future success.”

Stern’s name has been thrown around for weeks. NBC will accommodate Stern by moving the show to New York. He will be joined by existing judges Sharon Osborne and Howie Mandel.

The show, which has been the most popular summer program for years, is a Stern favorite. He has talked about at length on his Sirius/XM morning show even before the offer to judge came about.

“I’m going to be Piers [Morgan] on steroids,” Stern promised this morning. “It’s going to be a no-nonsense judge … I’m going to go there as a serious judge … It’s gonna be something else … I am very excited.”

“This nonsense of Howie and Sharon putting through less than talented people has got to stop,” Stern said. “Under my administration there will be no Frank Sinatra impersonators winning for the year. If people think I’m the crazy man, I am not. I am the voice of reason…Goofy acts are not going through!”

Then again, he’s only one vote out of three. Plenty of goofy acts will still go through!

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

63 comments Add your comment

Chris

December 15th, 2011
10:27 am

Piers was the voice of reason too. He hated the goofy, non talented acts as well. Yet Sharon and Howie out voted him and they got through anyway. I hope he is right though.

Jack & Rod

December 15th, 2011
10:31 am

Baba Booey! Fa Fa Foe Hi!

Jim

December 15th, 2011
10:32 am

Stern pretty much ruins the show for me. Not sure I can stomach watching it with him on there. May have to actually do something instead of watch tv!

Eric the Midget

December 15th, 2011
10:33 am

Did they ever find out if there are werewolves in New Mexico?! Do I need my passport to enter New Mexico?

Johnny Fratto

December 15th, 2011
10:36 am

Relax Eric, I’ll help you negotiate the details.

Rickster

December 15th, 2011
10:39 am

I agree with Jim. No AGT for me next season. Howie’s love of sideshow/freak shows acts is bad enough. “The Hoff” was bad enough with his leering and borderline lascivious behavior towards attractive females.

Stern will combine the worst of both of them.

What was NBC thinking?

Mo Schreibman

December 15th, 2011
10:43 am

America might have talent but you would not know it if you watch this television program and that goes for the panelists as well believe me. So where is Arthur Godfrey when you need him instead of being dead and if he would be here today and not dead he would not give two of the McGuire sisters for this program or the panelists and I mean the pretty ones and not that other one.

SternFan

December 15th, 2011
10:44 am

If you don’t wanna watch, fine. I’ll watch it for the first time, as millions of SiriusXM listeners. Should be incredibly entertaining.

Johnny Fratto's Dad

December 15th, 2011
10:45 am

Eric…Just how many bottles of Pepsi do you need?

It's Over!

December 15th, 2011
10:49 am

AGT has no talent in choosing a new judge. My mother-in-law and my sister already called me. I know of three households that will not be watching. An absolutely horrible choice.

Allison Wonderland

December 15th, 2011
10:52 am

Love it!!! cant wait to watch!!!

KeepDreaming

December 15th, 2011
10:56 am

Awesome, I will actually watch the show now!

Gatorzone

December 15th, 2011
10:59 am

Enter your comments here

Stookie

December 15th, 2011
11:00 am

The King of all Media!!! He will actually make this show watchable.

Gatorzone

December 15th, 2011
11:01 am

I will now watch the show. Most of the people knocking this move dont listen to Howard… He is a great interviewer and judge of talent… The goofy aspects of his show will not be there…

BABA BOOEY
BABA BOOEY
BABA BOOEY!!!!

Duane

December 15th, 2011
11:01 am

That’s it. I’m not with AGT.

Rickster

December 15th, 2011
11:02 am

I’m sure Stern will be a serious judge right up to the point where an attractive female comes on.

Stern: “That was a great performance. Now.. how about a look at your ta-tas?”

Gatorzone

December 15th, 2011
11:05 am

Eric the Actor will be on his knee!!! LOL

vince neil

December 15th, 2011
11:18 am

Now I will to watch…Best interveiwer in any media..period! Gonna be fun!

evansdawg

December 15th, 2011
11:18 am

They should give the job to Beetlejuice!

vince neil

December 15th, 2011
11:18 am

I've never watched...

December 15th, 2011
11:19 am

but I will now. Anyone who is against Howard has probably never watched or listened to him. He says what everyone is thinking and that’s scary to people with insecurities…

RK

December 15th, 2011
11:20 am

I’ll watch it now. It was just the same stuff, year after year, but now this will bring some unpredictability and actual entertainment. I swear that the only reason this had some ratings was that it was the only thing on during the summer.

evansdawg

December 15th, 2011
11:22 am

People that comment negatively have more than likely never given Stern a chance. Its okay, because for all the people that say they will not watch it, there are millions of Stern fans that will start. Stern will be serious and be very good at it, I can assure you. You have to consider that Stern’s show has made a lot of famous people out of virtually nothing. He also routinely calls it correctly when shows, movies and and artists are going to be big hits or busts. He’s uniquely qualified for this job…and good. Why do we need a brit to tell us what counts as talent in America???

Skyhook

December 15th, 2011
11:27 am

If Piers is not gong to be on the show, just give me x x x (I’m out)

GSmooth

December 15th, 2011
11:28 am

I’ve never watched this show before but I will now because of Howard!!! HEEEEEY NOW!

Sargon

December 15th, 2011
11:28 am

Wow, I guess I won’t be watching much TV this summer.

Em

December 15th, 2011
11:29 am

I’ll watch now. Never really listened to Howard, but he is more than the stereotype people hear. I think it is great that they are getting someone on there who already loves the show and not someone just looking for exposure and a paycheck. I don’t see why Simon Cowell gets a pass and people won’t give Stern a chance.

Scum Watcher

December 15th, 2011
11:39 am

That is really great to add a pure vulgar mouthed and warp minded slimeball to the program. That only says that the program managers are pure slimeballs also, does,nt it?

Did I forget to say that Sterns fans are warp minded slimeballs also?

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Burdell

December 15th, 2011
11:56 am

Hey Scum Watcher…

Do you ever actually listen to his radio show? Or are you basing your opinions on what you read and hear? He is not the “shock-jock” he was 20 years ago (although I found him humorous then too).

Howard Stern is one of the most talented, creative and thought provoking people in show business.

I, for one, am absolutely thrilled! Long live the King!

Baba booey to y’all!

dre

December 15th, 2011
12:06 pm

Will certainly be more interesting. He’s like a train wreck. I’ll watch

Prisonworld

December 15th, 2011
12:07 pm

This ought to be interesting…we’ll be watching and talking…tweeting and stalking…

http://www.prisonworldradiohour.com

CommonMan

December 15th, 2011
12:09 pm

I think “Howard” will bring much needed excitement to the show that “Howie” failed to provide…

Pig Virus

December 15th, 2011
12:12 pm

When will he bring in the lesbians?

bc

December 15th, 2011
12:13 pm

yup – i won’t be watching it anymore….. the weirdness jut got weirder……is that even a word?

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Calvin G. Sims, Sr.

December 15th, 2011
1:36 pm

The people who say they will no longer watch remind me of so many people who say they do not eat pork…pure BS

I am not a Howard Stern fan, but there is so much more to that show than one judge. How about the talent. The judges are slightly more than props.

Go Falcons!!!

Gentleman Jim

December 15th, 2011
1:37 pm

To all the haters who think they know Howard Stern: Give him a chance and don’t form opinions based on what you think is going to happen. He is devoted to the show and will do a great job.

Mel in Midtown

December 15th, 2011
1:38 pm

NBC will soon find that Howard Stern is the most polarizing personality in broadcasting. His schtick plays well with those men of a certain age who never really left high school. Howard’s only talent is in judging the boob-ectomies of porn stars. Should play really well in middle America!

No way

December 15th, 2011
2:04 pm

I will watch the first airing but I am sure I willl not continue to watch. I do not listening to Howard Stern on the radio, so I doubt I will enjoy watching him. This is a shame because I enjoyed AGT very much

thomas

December 15th, 2011
3:53 pm

Ok, great. Let me know what time this show is on, so I make sure I don’t watch it.

Eric the Ackackack-tor

December 15th, 2011
4:21 pm

ACK ACK ACK ACK. Rodney likes dudes. ACK ACK ACK ACK

MyPatootie

December 15th, 2011
4:37 pm

I really liked AGT,but there goes another one I won’t be watching next season. Who are the “Morons” who make these decisions? Their ratings will plummet!

Erik

December 15th, 2011
4:51 pm

Guarantee: Howard will be a legitimate judge! It will be real and honest ala Simon Cowell!

Congrats NBC!!!

Highlander

December 15th, 2011
6:24 pm

I’ll probably watch at least once just to see what Howard brings to the show but overall, I’m tired of all the nonsense acts that are put through that would never in a million years ever have a chance of being a successful Las Vegas show!

And as RH points out, Howie and Sharon can still out-vote Stern to get those acts through! (Not that I’m 100% certain that Howard won’t put through some schlock, too!)

Artie Lange

December 15th, 2011
8:47 pm

I’m sure Howard will be great on the show but this is so beneath him.

Marie

December 15th, 2011
9:21 pm

America’s Got Talent was my favorite of the three including American Idol and the X-Factor. With Stern on it I will not be watching AGT again.

Congrats to NBC

December 15th, 2011
10:04 pm

Those people who think Howard Stern will be a bad judge do not listen to his show. So many people judge Howard based on what they hear from others without giving him a chance. I was one of those people. My husband made me listen to his show and now I am a regular fan. And contrary to what many people think, he has a varied audience including many well educated people. I am an independent woman with a doctorate degree, and I love his show. He will bring a fresh, honest approach to judging on AGT. For those people who have never listened to his show, watch the first episode of AGT. See what you think.

jan

December 15th, 2011
10:06 pm

What a disgusting choice…………Stern is an absolute pig, and I’m quite a liberal. Horrible choice, to watch or listen to. Piers is intelligent, thoughtful, has great taste, speaks well. The show will be dumbed down now….such a shame.