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Howard Stern To Replace Piers Morgan On NBC’s TALENT??

I am – Hercules!!

The Wall Street Journal reports that controversial satellite radio personality Howard Stern, who just helped get halfwit filmmaker Brett Ratner out of producing the Oscars, is negotiating to replace Piers Morgan as judge of NBC’s hit summer show “America’s Got Talent.”

Morgan, the toughest of the “Talent” judges, announced his departure on his Wednesday CNN show.

Stern, longtime friend of current “Talent” judges Sharon Osborne and Howie Mandel, is a huge fan of “Talent,” and has often railed against the lack of honesty among TV reality show judges (particularly the ones employed by “Amerosmith Idol”).

If Stern came aboard I suspect I would become “Talent’s” biggest fan, but here’s why it probably won’t happen.

Stern is contracted to continue his New York-based daily SiriusXM show for the next four years. “America’s Got Talent” shoots in Los Angeles. Stern hates flying and has rarely boarded an aircraft since 9/11.

On the other hand, Stern only does the satellite show Mondays through Wednesdays, and he already vacations during extended chunks of the summer. Would NBC be willing to drag Osborne, Mandel, host Nick Cannon and the rest of the “Talent” production to the East Coast?

“Talent” host Nick Cannon currently hosts the WXRK-FM morning slot long held by Stern, where he reportedly earns much, much lower ratings than Stern did six years ago.

A far less likely scenario would see Stern drag his enormous SiriusXM and OnDemand crews to Los Angeles.

Find the Jornal’s story on the matter here.

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  • Nov. 10, 2011, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Howard flies to LA. He talks about on the radio.

    by OutsideChance

    I think the bigger issues are the need to be in NY M-W for the radio show and the likelihood that NBC would balk at him being hired for various reasons including, but not limited to: his shock jock rep, his open disdain for Leno and his propensity to still badmouth NBC for his treatment there in the 1980s.

  • Nov. 10, 2011, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Baba Booey

    by Monkeybrains

    Never gonna happen. Stern will be too honest and tell some guy that he sucks and then make a comment about some other girls boobs and he would be kicked off the show.

  • Nov. 10, 2011, 5:48 p.m. CST

    F Jackie

    by Youre_Gonna_Bust_Dixie

  • Nov. 10, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    good, get him back in the spotlight

    by wattos new hat

    he can be very funny.

  • Nov. 10, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Baba booey

    by mongo126

    I would definitely start watching AGT if this happened. Producers should move the show there, name their children after him, or do whatever it takes. The King of All Media would immediately make AGT the greatest talent show ever.

  • Nov. 10, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    used to be a fan

    by Stormshadow4life

    can't say that any more though. I prefer O&A

  • Nov. 10, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    re "Howard flies to LA."

    by Hercules

    I think he's flown to Los Angeles twice over the decade since 9/11.

  • Maybe, maybe, maybe if they can spring for Howard for a Private Jet he might roll with it. But I doubt it. Howard would want it to be, like, 2 days a week for 3 hours and a 5 minute drive from his apartment. Not hating, just stating what the man himself has stated over and over - he hates going out anywhere. He'd be an awesome judge because he is merciless when talking about people on the air and various reality series judges inability to judge. But I doubt it. He was almost on American Idol and didn't go through with it. Can't see this happening. Would make me watch the show if he did, though. Fla-fla-flow-hi.

  • Nov. 10, 2011, 6:08 p.m. CST

    howard to fly to all the audition sites?

    by john

    aint gonna happen too bad....cuz he would make that show interesting

  • Nov. 10, 2011, 6:22 p.m. CST


    by jim


  • Nov. 10, 2011, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Howard is a dirty old man.

    by SnootyBoots

    To each his/her own. But, for me, knowing the voice on the radio leering over some 20 year old porn star is coming from the mouth of a man nearing 60 is just sad. Also I have no interest in any of these talent/reality shows (my one reality fix is The Amazing Race) so, Howard or no Howard, I wont be watching.

  • Nov. 10, 2011, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Hey now

    by I am_NOTREAL

    Howard joining the show would at least get me to check it out. As it is there are too damn many of these shows on, dancing and singing and who gives a crap, AGT, X Factor, AI, Sing Off, The Voice... Someone else mentioned Leno and that's prob a big reason this won't happen along with geography, Howard's disdain for Jay is epic and well-known.

  • Nov. 10, 2011, 7:28 p.m. CST

    I've NEVER watched any of those types of "Contest Reality" shows....

    by Linguo_IS_Dead

    but Stern as a judge would guarantee my viewership!!! He NEEDS to be on TV in a venue other than one were pornstars ride vibrator machines!!!

  • Just sayin'

  • Nov. 10, 2011, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Howard only flies to L.A. for one reason...

    by realpayton34

    ...when his friend Jimmy Kimmel throws parties for him. Also, whether it's for real or just radio schtick, apparently Nick Cannon doesn't care for Stern all that much (Howard makes fun of when Cannon purposely uses more ghetto slang to appear more "cool"). I'd love to see him on TV again, though.

  • Nov. 10, 2011, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Now his youngest is off to college it's possible

    by Charlie

    He has made comments about how now his youngest is going to college what ties them to NY all year is gone. Robin has said she'd be up for doing the show part of the year from elsewhere. They've mentioned doing it in winter though. One of his daughters now in CA anyway. I just keep thinking of Ari on Entourage joking that Stern was the new host of Jeopardy. Anyways it won't happen. Mainly because Stern is comfortable in his life and career and doesn't actually want to put himself out where there's a chance he might not do well. Why would be bother?

  • Nov. 10, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    This will never happen

    by Toe Jam

    Anyone who regularly listens to Howard knows this. I love how polarizing Howard is, even though his radio show is quite tame and cerebral compared to 90% of the shit you'll find on cable TV these days.

  • He'd certainly have access to a whole shit ton of guests... and porn stars.

  • Nov. 10, 2011, 10:12 p.m. CST

    I never believe a headline that ends in a question mark.

    by Mitch

    Example: Kim Kardashian PREGNANT? My prediction is that this won't happen.

  • Nov. 10, 2011, 10:23 p.m. CST


    by corporategohan616

    Howard Stern's penis! Also There is a very important person in Benjy Bronk's life and her name is Elisa Jordana

  • Nov. 10, 2011, 10:48 p.m. CST

    There IS the "Beth factor" to consider

    by OutsideChance

    If she wants to be in LA Howard will move to LA.

  • Nov. 10, 2011, 11:58 p.m. CST


    by Darth Philbin

    O & A are your new Gods.

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 12:02 a.m. CST

    I would love for this to happen....

    by Darth Evil Dead

    But it wont. As said before. Howard hates to fly...hes not going to fly from NY to LA and back every week. Its not going to happen in a million years. The only shot this things got, is if they move the show to New York. Productionwise.. I dont believe that will happen. This is just some hype shit like when American Idol was said to try and get Howard as host. No shot. T.O.P.L.E.S.S.

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 3:50 a.m. CST

    Stern? that only means one thing....

    by Stalkeye

    Hot naked Lesbianssss!! :P

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 4:21 a.m. CST

    Finally give me a reason to watch the show!

    by FlandersBum

    I can't stand the self rightous douchebag Morgan. The addition of Stern on the show would be just enough to get me to actually watch.

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 5:21 a.m. CST

    I don't think it going to happen.

    by F-18

    Stern was also rumored to replace Simon Cowell on American Idol and that didn't happen, either.

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 6:39 a.m. CST

    Never happen.

    by Saaxton

    You have to have a stodgy British fellow in the seat. It goes against reality talent show formula to do otherwise.

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Check your facts and leave your opinions at home

    by Adam Frederick

    Long time reader, first time talk-backer...and I have to say, seriously Herc...while I get it that you might not be a Stern fan, before reporting get your facts straight... "who just helped get halfwit filmmaker Brett Ratner out of producing the Oscars" - Howard had ZERO to do with it. Brett called in on his own, started talking on his own, Howard, as any good (epic) interviewer would do asked the questions that followed Bretts line of talking, and Brett chose to answer great detail. "Stern hates flying and has rarely boarded an aircraft since 9/11." - Off the top of my head I know of 3 times in the past year Howard has been said to have flown...twice to L.A., once to some island with his wife (to which they promptly returned due to ants) and I believe there are more. While the man doesnt like to fly (who can blame him) making it sound like it has anything to do with 9/11 is bad reporting As for moving his show to LA or having AGT come to NY - both are feasable...when you figure the numbers that Stern would bring to AGT - first you have the said in the brilliant "Private Parts" - "Researcher: The average radio listener listens for eighteen minutes. The average Howard Stern fan listens for - are you ready for this? - an hour and twenty minutes. Pig Vomit: How can that be? Researcher: Answer most commonly given? "I want to see what he'll say next." Pig Vomit: Okay, fine. But what about the people who hate Stern? Researcher: Good point. The average Stern hater listens for two and a half hours a day. Pig Vomit: But... if they hate him, why do they listen? Researcher: Most common answer? "I want to see what he'll say next." All the haters would tune in to see what he would say next..and maybe, just maybe, realize in this day and age he at least tells it like it is. One more thing...check out Elisa Jordana on iTunes...she is the next big thing!

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 8:18 a.m. CST


    by IceMonkey

    suck Howard's balls.

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Best news ever! I hope it comes true.

    by DonkeyBalls

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Are O&A still around?

    by Eddie_Dane

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Satellite Radio

    by professorjack

    anyone else see it being around for much longer? I'm a subscriber and it really really sucks. I much prefer my own music & free podcasts to anything on the platform. I just feel in a few years it will be the lasterdisc of radio

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Howard traded relevance for money

    by Hedgehog000

    Not saying I wouldn't have done the same. But I think people are way overstating the impact he'd have on AGTs already very good ratings.

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Howard is probably more relevant now then he ever was

    by KingGoonie

    He has been in the news more often the past few years that he had while on regular radio... hell he is all over the news past few months for various interviews.

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Howard works 3 days a week, twice a month...

    by Bill Clay

    He might as well be retired with a schedule like that. That's why I dropped my Sirius subscription.

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST

    eddie-dane & icemonkey...

    by Pitdoc

    Are O & A around ? Yes, and I listened to their show today ,just like I'm sure you listened to Howard to...oooohhh, thats right, he only works 3 days a week. Another Howard rumor ,probably started by Howard himself, so Herc & his other uberfans in the media can get him ink.

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Elisa Jordana IS the Next Big Thing

    by ZoeFan

    I'm not sure whether this will or will not happen. Howard will make demands that will change up production. Will America' Got Talent go for it, I'm not sure.

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 11:11 a.m. CST

    O & A stopped being funny...

    by KingGoonie

    Like WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY back on 102.7 when Jim Norton started coming around, even before they got in trouble for that Sex for Sam ... Ron & Fez were better then then back then, and Howard Stern of course MUCH better. I mean O&A were great once, but they started to really suck before they even got to satellite.

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST


    by Pitdoc

    I'm not arguing that point.I'd say you're a bit right about O & A, though , like Howard, I'm sure, they have their flashes of brilliance .Amazingly,they seemed to have more free range to go nuts then at WNEW then as opposed to being on Sirius Radio , where Howard has screwed them on more than one occasion (and admitted to it) . Still Howard started to 'go bad" around the early 90s,when he would pontificate about leaving radio every time one of his contracts was coming due, then shut up after (of course) resigning a contract. But even Howard outdid himself this year . Suing your own company after you sign a new contract? Because you maintain that you are the ONLY reason people sign up for satellite radio (not for football or baseball ) .

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    what happened with that

    by JAMF

    super 8 screener?

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 12:11 p.m. CST

    He has every right to sue.

    by KingGoonie

    Sirius can't deny that he did bring ALOT of people in. Sirius already had the NFL when Howard came and they had a jump in subscriptions. True it's not all because of him... but then again alot of it is.

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Yes, but Howard is trying to count...

    by Pitdoc

    ...EVERY subscriber that came in when they had the MERGER. Not ONE of those people were subscribing because of Howard . I agree that hiring Stern's was Sirius's smartest move EVER. It just goes to show that Buchwald is the best agent EVER , that Howard could even think of this move, and actually accomplish it.

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 12:34 p.m. CST

    America have voted..and..

    by Fleckdog

    I think it would be awesome if he did it, but he won't. Take that to the bank.

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Howard does fly to Cali...

    by Cysquatch

    One of his daughters lives in San Francisco and he talks of going to visit her there.

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Whoa, Whoa, Whoa...

    by Cysquatch

    stop the clock!

  • for America's Got Talent? I've always found it funny that the 3 judges on America's Got Talent are 2 Brits and a Canadian.

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 1:55 p.m. CST

    It'll never happen

    by donkingkong

    He's used to the uncensored freedom of Sirius, he'd have to tone it down way too much for prime-time middle America sensibilities, plus he'll want like a zillion dollars. It'd be cool as hell if they could pull it off though.

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 2:13 p.m. CST

    I would watch at least one episode

    by purplemonkeydw

    which is one more episode than I've caught to date.

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Never gonna happen

    by Dr Hemlock

    Stern is hated by most of the public. Simon will publicly dangle Stern's name in order to generate millions of dollars worth of free publicity for America's Got Talent and then hire someone else. Oh, yeah: BabaBooey! BabaBooey! BabaBooey! BabaBooey! BabaBooey!

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST

    He would get more viewers guaranteed.

    by KingGoonie

    He will bring his fans, and he will bring the curious even if they are not particularly fans... and the its doubtful current watchers will stop watching in droves... so yea I think they WOULD be interested because he would get MORE new viewers then any other possible choice. Fact.

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    I agree with the general consensus here ... It would be great but it seems very unlikely

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 4:50 p.m. CST

    wonder if his wig gets its own office

    by FrodoFraggins

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Ha. If Stern had a wig, he'd tell everyone

    by Thunderbolt Ross

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 6:45 p.m. CST


    by Jeff

    I like Howard Stern, but who fucking cares about this show or shows like it? This is mop-up trash shoved corporately into your mind, with happy, happy smiles and quick cuts to make you think it's important. Here's the reality: it's not. Not in the least. It's shit-smelling fast food leftovers posing as a five-star meal. It's main audience is people who aren't talented at thinking for themselves. People who need something -- anything! -- communal that doesn't make their own lives seem so desperately empty. People who don't ask questions. People who are hype identified. Enjoy.

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 7:04 p.m. CST

    no wig, but chin and nose job

    by john

    which he admitted to although you can hardly tell maybe he cant do the whole show...but could do guest spots through the season and all the "live" shows he is good for at least 2-3 ratings points just look at dave's ratings when he shows up and dopie and the wop want this to happen too...will give them material for a few weeks imus too....although that wrinkled old fart should be dead by now

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 7:12 p.m. CST

    why it would worK

    by john

    stern has a good relationship with cowell, osborne and mandel.... always good to be in with a producer, and his relationship with osborne and mandel makes for ready made chemistry the show has lacked what it had (no longer, since cowell and morgan left to be replaced by the drunk and some comic) judges who arent afraid to call a pig, a pig lets remember, these arent talent shows...they are old time freak shows and no one is better at running a freak show than howard

  • Nov. 11, 2011, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Oh myyyy

    by gotilk

    I would watch if it happened. And I LOATHE reality TV, especially competitive reality programming. And what restyles said. On the money. No-one has EVER run a freak show better than Stern.

  • Nov. 12, 2011, 6:46 a.m. CST

    The King of all Media Manipulation...

    by Bill Clay

    Every time there's a hosting vacancy on a network show, Howard's publicist plants a story claiming that Stern is being considered for the job. Then Howard spends weeks talking about the rumor, and eats up all the free publicity. This latest rumor is just as fake as the American Idol rumor was.

  • Nov. 12, 2011, 8:39 a.m. CST

    SCORESMAN... Gotta tattoo.

    by Emperor_was_a_jerk

  • Nov. 12, 2011, 8:46 a.m. CST


    by Cysquatch

    You'll do it when you get up here...

  • Nov. 12, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST

    It's too bad he ditched terrestrial radio

    by FrodoFraggins

    He got tedious in the last few years there due to his constant complaining about censors and stuff but I miss having him as an option to listen to.

  • Nov. 12, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Stern deserves the money he signed for...

    by moviemenace

    No, not everyone who signed with Sirius signed for Stern, but what he did do is make Sirius a viable brand. At the time satellite radio was XM. XM was way ahead of Sirius by millions. When Stern signed they only had 600,000 subscribers. By the time the two companies mergered Sirius subsriptions were outpacing XM two-to-one, on pace to overtake the once clearly dominant XM. Now Stern fans did not single-handedly bring over all those subscribers, but he is the only reason XM was forced to merge with Sirius and the only reason Sirius still exists.

  • Nov. 12, 2011, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Well, if he was in LA...

    by Peter David

    George Takei could be on it a lot more. PAD

  • Nov. 12, 2011, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Oh my goodness! You have such a beautiful cock!

    by SadTruth

    You can dance like sulu.

  • Nov. 12, 2011, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Whoa whoa whoa, stop the clock

    by Shaw

    Oh my

  • Nov. 12, 2011, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Dry Oatmeal

    by Emperor_was_a_jerk

  • Nov. 12, 2011, 10:26 p.m. CST

    I love seeing all the Stern References on AIC. 143 guys!!!

    by principalblackman

    I'm club-fucking footed you ass-wipe!

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Welcome to Tradio..

    by Cysquatch

    Thank you for the call

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Let's fuck some whores!

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    Fuckin' wives... shit! Fuck wives! Fuck some whores!

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Might actually get me to watch that crap

    by Heresy

    Wait, no it wouldn't

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 11:16 p.m. CST

    J.D could replace Nick Cannon and still speak better!

    by BigTuna

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Stern says it's Bullshit

    by MoneyGrabSequel

    so it's not gonna happen

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST

    ...when you get here, you'll do it.

    by Badger23

    Yeah, she sounds like she's immature though.