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!
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk