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Howard Stern Returns To NBC As AMERICA’S GOT TALENT Judge!!

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I believe I just became a fan of “America’s Got Talent."

Decades after Howard Stern’s acrimonious departure from WNBC radio, Stern is joining the NBC television network as judge for top summer show “America’s Got Talent,” replacing CNN’s Piers Morgan.

Incredibly, the show will not only pay Stern millions, it will move – along with longtime judges Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel – from Los Angeles to New York to accommodate Stern’s East Coast-based SiriusXM show.

Stern starts shooting “Talent” in February, and he apparently will be traveling the nation for the show’s audition phase. Stern typically only does his radio show three days per week, and he gets a lot of vacation weeks each year, so the “on the road” segments will presumably accommodate the shock jock’s schedule.

Look! Press release!


Series Finds a New Home as Production of the Live Shows Moves to New York

Auditions for Season Seven Continue Around the Country

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – December 15, 2011 – NBC announced today that Howard Stern, American radio personality, television host and author, will serve as the new judge on the top-rated summer alternative series “America’s Got Talent,” produced by FremantleMedia North America and Simon Cowell’s SYCO Television.

Stern will provide his feedback on the colorful array of hopeful future stars who are currently auditioning in major cities around the country for the show’s upcoming seventh season.

Production of the live shows of “America’s Got Talent” also will be moving to New York, where Stern will continue to helm his SiriusXM radio program.

The announcement was made by Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC.

“Howard Stern’s larger-than-life personality will bring a thrilling new dynamic to ‘America’s Got Talent’ starting this summer,” said Telegdy. “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 helped to transform American radio and put syndicated satellite radio on the map on SiriusXM. As the outspoken, unedited and headline-grabbing host of “The Howard Stern Show” radio program, Stern was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2005 and became a pop-culture icon with a massive loyal fan base. Since 1987, he has hosted numerous television shows, record-breaking pay-per-view events and home video releases. He also embarked on a five-month political campaign for governor of New York in 1994.

His two books, “Private Parts” (1993) and “Miss America” (1995), spent 20 and 16 weeks, respectively, on The New York Times bestseller list. The first book became a national sensation and was adapted into the feature film “Private Parts” (1997), a biographical comedy film that starred Stern and his radio show staff -- and was a box-office success. Additionally, Stern performed on the film’s soundtrack which topped the Billboard 200 chart. Stern currently broadcasts his show “Howard 100” on the SiriusXM satellite radio station.

"America's Got Talent" was the #1 non-sports telecast on ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox in total viewers every week it aired over the summer of 2011, making it the #1 summer series in total viewers for a sixth year in a row. Last summer, "America's Got Talent" delivered its highest-rated cycle ever.

“America’s Got Talent” is the only talent competition show that is open to any age and any talent. Auditions for season seven kicked off in October with upcoming open calls set for Austin, Texas, Charlotte, N.C. and San Francisco, Calif. For all the latest information and to pre-register, go to

“America’s Got Talent” is produced by FremantleMedia North America and Simon Cowell’s SYCO Television. Simon Cowell, Cecile Frot-Coutaz (“American Idol”), Jason Raff, Ken Warwick (“American Idol”) and Georgie Hurford-Jones are executive producers.

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  • Dec. 15, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST

    AGT just became relevant

    by mongo126

    Finally, a talent show where a judge might tell the truth every once in a while. Great news!

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Eric the Midget on Howard's lap at auditions? Ack Ack!

    by Al

    Stern will be a great judge just because he's really raw against any of the (various) reality competition shows he talks about on the air. And as he's said a lot: the point of the show is to headline an act in Vegas. And listening to his interplay with Sharron Osborn on Monday's show that is going to be fun to see him take the contestants down a peg.

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST


    by corporategohan616

    Oooooh Feeeel ya...

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 9:05 p.m. CST


    by LethargicJ

    Should be a lot of laughs watching Howard accuse every other performer of stealing their act from him. Every female contestant has to detail their lesbian encounters and say if they're third input. Doesn't NBC understand that the only people interested in this glorified Gong Show ripoff is grandmothers? I don't think Howard Stern does much for that demo.

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 9:27 p.m. CST

    This was on drudge report yesterday.

    by DonkeyBalls

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 9:37 p.m. CST

    if the year was 1995 and the show was unrated.....

    by DanielnocharismaCraig

    My ass would be in the seat. As it is stern just isn't funny anymore. He really peaked during the 90s and lost his magic touch.

  • People who say he "used to be" funny probably were never fans anyhow. In the 90s, people would say the same stuff they say now "he's not funny anymore," "he's got no talent and just says obscene things," etc etc... I'm excited that he can prove his worth to all the grannies that will remain to watch the show on network TV and that he will entertain the rest of us normal people who have a sense of humor.

  • Granted, maybe it's because I've ALWAYS despised the reality TV craze from the very start and I don't watch a single fucking minute of it (one of my least fave aspects of the Stern show is how much he incessantly chats about these shows like a 12 year old girl). I mean this is another dime-a-dozen type of show that's out there, probably wasn't even the first one, like jesus Howard, just how much $$ are they giving you to bother doing this? I'm guessing it's AT LEAST equivalent to or more than what just 1 of your Sirius years is worth to you in salary. You couldn't pay me to watch America's Got Talent, and I'm going to continue to choose to be doing other things on that particular night and time, no matter who's hosting the friggin thing.

  • Doesn't seem complicated

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 10:20 p.m. CST

    His fans and critics will both be disappointed

    by OutsideChance

    I strongly suspect this is Stern's bid at respectability. Instead of a shock jock he's going to be a witty and honest, but ultimately 'family friendly' judge. He hinted as much on the broadcast this morning.

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 11:31 p.m. CST

    If you only watch/listen to Howard to be shocked...

    by Negator76

    ...than you really don't get what's great about him. Howard will be a great judge because he's INTERESTING, and he knows that honesty is more entertaining than anything else you could contrive. Personally, I think his show is better now than it's ever been, because he lets his real personality shine through and mixes his childish impulses with a dose of adult thoughtfulness, often to great comic effect. And he doesn't need to make a bid for 'respectability'. He carries the entire satellite radio industry on his back. He is more in demand than any radio personality in the history of the medium. He made a major motion picture about his career that was a commercial and critical success. He has a TON of dough and is still obviously enjoying doing his radio show. He's doing AGT because they're tailoring the show to him, and he's always wanted to do a talent-judging/game show host gig.

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Clint Eastwood family also getting reality show

    by Chief Joseph

    Everybody is selling out, it would seem.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 12:40 a.m. CST

    How ironic

    by mascan42

    America's Got Talent, but its new judge ran out of it years ago.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Stern VS Vacation

    by electroaddict

    Stern can't bother to appear on "The Howard Stern Show" more than 3 days a week, EVERY OTHER WEEK, claiming he wants more time to "enjoy life", yet he's willing to sign on for this (a shitty reality show where he'll be confined to FCC broadcasting standards)? I really hope the ratings bomb, to put Stern back in his place. Sure, he'll still have his massive paycheck, but he'll be humiliated as well (if any part of him still has a tiny bit of integrity, that'll kill it once and for all).

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 1:46 a.m. CST


    by nolan bautista

    I'm tuning in..i've been listening to Stern for so long it feels like a beloved family member got a shot at being seen on prime-time..Go Howard!!

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 3:46 a.m. CST

    stern will be stern

    by john

    of course, within whatever passes for current standards and practices stern has done talent stuff on his own show, and he is brutally honest im sure that a huge chunk of the audience is gonna hate him...and will tune in every week to hear what he has to say the good thing is, he knows and likes both mandel and osborne...and lets face it, sharon doesnt have a career outside of managing ozzie, were it not for the stern show and if it doesnt work...howard will use the train wreck for a year's worth of material on his show ok, dopie and the wop fans....tell us again how much more talented your two heroes are

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 4:13 a.m. CST

    Batman got beat up

    by WickedJacob

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 4:17 a.m. CST

    I like Stern but this is selling out his rebel image.

    by Stalkeye

    What good would him being cast as a judge without lesbian anal ring toss? Oh, and his antics will be censored moreso than when he used to broadcast on K-Rock. Can't imagine what good will come out of this decision.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 5:29 a.m. CST


    by OutsideChance

    I agree with you about his honesty. However, I think a lot of people--fans and detractors-- are expecting him to try and turn the show into "Miss Howard Stern" or "Butt Bongo Fiesta," and he won't. Largely for the reasons you cite. But also because I think he's a little tired of "that image," and wants to go out with something else on his resume than what is perceived as "shock radio," and a fifteen year old movie based on "shock radio."

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 5:43 a.m. CST

    PC Hamptons Howie is a fucking bore

    by Rupee88

    Yeah this would be exciting 10 years ago, but Howard is old and tired and has nothing interesting to say at this point. He phones in his radio show and this won't be much better.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 6:05 a.m. CST

    He should let high pitch eric or beetlejuice sit in some nights

    by FrodoFraggins

    Great clip BTW.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 6:19 a.m. CST

    And now I have to DVR this stupid reality show!

    by Ryan

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 6:33 a.m. CST

    Howard on AGT will not be shocking...

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    He is going to be brutally honest, though. Which America desperately needs right now. A big, warm glass of honesty.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 6:35 a.m. CST

    That is a classic clip at the bottom of the article.

    by phantomcreeps

    Good stuff. And Imus to boot. Funny stuff! I'll Watch him on Americas Got Talent.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 6:49 a.m. CST

    Good choice

    by mastermold

    They're obviously betting the show on Howard, and that's a good thing. He will make that show.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Stern puts zero effort into his show...

    by LordEnigma

    so seeing him put some effort into anything at his age will be interesting.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 8:11 a.m. CST

    I love it

    by I am_NOTREAL

    This lends some excitement to the typically boring summer TV landscape. Can't wait to see what he brings to the show. I can't help but think that those who say things like "Howard has lost it" either don't listen now or never really did and are somehow judging what his show is / was with a perception assembled from secondhand sources. OK, he only does 3 days a week now...big deal, he's 56 and has been doing it for more than 30 years, if he wants to throttle back a little bit on his schedule he's earned the right. His interviews are frequently superb. The show is often hysterical still. Sometimes it does get lost in its own little world with too much Wack-Packing or Ronnie...but it's still great. Howard does not and has never phoned it in.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Lesbian anal ring toss!?!

    by Billyeveryteen

    I really miss that.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Still Enjoy Howard but gotta admit I've come to hate Robin

    by OutsideChance

    Robin has turned into a caricature of a celebrity airhead. She's either lecturing everyone about politics and nutrition like a Kaballah era Madonna or she's going on about her charities and hopes for a "View" type talk show of her own. She was always a little uptight, and that was the fun of the show, but now she's insufferable.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Like Howard, Hate America's Got Talent

    by mistergreen

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST


    by principalblackman

    I can't wait to hear the wack pack leech on him for tickets and a chance to try out. Ass-napkin needs a national stage to try out his comedy act. I've never seen AGT, but I will be watching now.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    and in a related story

    by Eddie_Dane

    opie and anthony want to know if you'd like fries with that

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 11:30 a.m. CST

    here come the dopie and the wop fans

    by john

    ya....howard doesnt work hard anymore, he isnt funny, how come our heros didnt get the gig stupid fucks

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    This is going to ruin the Stern Show

    by Rob0729

    This is going to turn the Stern Show into the America's Got Talent wrap up show. I guess it is better than him talking about $5k toilet seats, his stupid photography hobby, or David Arquette's uninteresting life. I'm sorry, but I think it is a fair criticism that the Stern Show has gone down hill in the last few years. I think he is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and just putting in his time. This happened in KROQ in a different way. He got very boring with his constant complaints about censorship and arguing with Tom Chiasano. He actually was very good his first 4-5 years at Sirius. He definitely had a renewed energy and took advantage of his freedom. Now he just seems disinterested. The lost of the third voice on the radio (Jackie or Artie) has hurt too. I think his biggest problem is that he has lost touch with his audience. I don't think people care about his $5k toilet seat, his weekends on the Hamptons, his A list celebrity parties, Beth leaving him alone to go party with the New York elite, or him hawking his wife's favorite charity. My biggest personal gripe is him selling out since the new contract and actually pitching products with live commercials in the middle of segments and the news and not during commercial breaks. All that said I still listen to him and like him, but he clearly is not as good as he used to be. He was at his best when he was an outsider to the celebrity world and a normal family man who hid in his basement to avoid his wife and kids. He just is now another A List Celebrity telling his audience how much better his life is than theirs. That is boring and I usually turn it off when he goes there.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST


    by Rob0729

    I'm sorry, but you must be a recent fan within the last decade or so. It is general considere that the early to mid 90s is his best years even compared to the years before. That was when the entire show was hitting its stride. I don't know if right now is the worst it has ever been (I think his last few years at KROQ were not great either), but his show has definitely gone down hill since his first few years at Sirius.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    One thing I forgot

    by Rob0729

    Another thing I hate about the show now is Howard constantly putting on the same uninteresting callers (Bobo, etc.) who just call to kiss Howard's ass and try to let all the listeners know that the show is awesome.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST


    by john

    still a billion times more compelling than those two no talent hacks...and you fucking know it as the press release notes...howard changed radio those two have spent a lifetime trying to be howard

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 12:11 p.m. CST


    by john

    for someone who doesnt like sure do spend a lot of time listening to him get a fucking life you dick

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 1:41 p.m. CST

    that old piece on stern

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    that was great

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 3:52 p.m. CST


    by Rob0729

    First, I said I still like Stern. I just said he is a shell of his former self. Back in the 90s, he was pure genius. Now he is about 30% of that, but that is still better than most of the guys out there. Second, I am not a fan of Opie and Anthony. I actually call them Oraface and Anally. Just because those two guys suck, doesn't mean Howard is remotely what he was anymore. I think Howard has gotten lazy and sold out to Hollywood. He is still one of the best interviewers out there. He can still be hilarious at times. He just seems to be going through the motions a lot and seems to be flaunting his celebrity millionaire lifestyle on his audience.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 3:54 p.m. CST


    by Rob0729

    The low activity on this Talkback about the subject kinda speaks to how his fanbase have either turned on him or grown disinterested in him. Ten years ago, this Talkback would be a thousand posts long.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST

    I invented reality TV... hoo hoo!

    by UnCoolNews

    Tell em Fred!

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 6:46 p.m. CST

    rob0729...i agree on many of your points

    by john

    hard to motivate oneself when one is no longer competing against anyone....which is a fact of satellite tv yes...howard was at the top of his game in the 90s...very true, although i think he was even more brilliant when on nbc, as he daily had to figure out ways to get his bits past the incubus and pig vomit much of the innovation in the program was lost when jackie and billy west lefta and then there was the divorce thing...i still think the man was crazy for blowing a good deal... but i still think he is one of the best interviewers on the planet... well...train wreck or good tv...ill still watch

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    America's Got Midgets

    by LizardMan

    Stern will be a big shot in the arm for that hack show. I hope a Whack Packer appears in every episode as a guest judge.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST

    zargotron you hate dopie and the wop

    by john

    and yet, you use their exact lines....damn, you are fucking amazing why dont you have your own show? wow...howard's rich and spends his money...really bugs ya...dont it

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST


    by john

    if howard somehow got eric on the show, it would be brilliant

  • The best thing about the show may be that Stern fans can sit in live in the audience en masse. I can just hear Marianne from Brooklyn's cackling in the background of every show.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 11:49 p.m. CST


    by F-18


  • Dec. 17, 2011, 4:27 a.m. CST

    Why not just hire the 'a-rippin and a-tearin' guy.

    by Nerfee


  • Dec. 17, 2011, 4:53 a.m. CST

    Yeah, Howard and Howie. That should be amusing..

    by Stalkeye

    ..Two fuckers who suffer from OCD. Laughs galore!

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 5:55 a.m. CST

    Replace Nick Cannon with Riley Martin.

    by F-18

    The guy who claims he was abducted by aliens and is the author of the book 'The Coming of Tan'..... uhhhh, and what have you.

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Those who have none, judge.

    by Subtitles_Off

    Also, those who have none go on TV game shows to try to become viral "stars" for a minute.

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST

    I see this as Howard's "exit strategy" from Sirius

    by OutsideChance

    He re-upped the contract and then sued them for breaching it. I don't think he'll ever re-sign with them after this. And he wouldn't want to return to terrestrial radio, both because its a step backward and due to his age. So he is looking for the next career move that takes him out of radio but allows him to say he went out on top.

  • (along with the Canadian and the Brit).

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST

    O&A are superior for one reason

    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    they get the best comics on their show regularly...not to mention Jimmy Norton is 10 times the comic Artie ever was...but when you have a regular lineup of Bill Burr, Joe DeRosa, Amy Schumer, Patrice (RIP), Rich Vos, Louis C.K., Bob Kelly, Jay Mohrs (sic), and Joe Rogan you have daily comic they don't try and be shocking with strippers and porn stars every week...they just chill and talk and be's like being a fly on the wall at Caroline's or Gotham after they close plus Anthony's Live From The Compound podcast on the weekends is fucking great...and I don't dislike Howard and neither do O&A...that feud ended a long time ago...but once Artie left I couldn't listen to Stern anymore...oh and Robin fucking suuuuuuucks

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST


    by SnootyBoots

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Shock Jock?

    by p0llk4t

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Shock Jock?

    by p0llk4t

  • Dec. 19, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST


    by Tera Sanders

    I wouldn't watch that stupid effing show even if I were a judge on it.