It’s official, according to Deadline: Howard Stern will be a judge on “America’s Got Talent” next summer. Production of the show — at least the live episodes — will be moved to New York to accommodate Stern’s schedule.
Paul Telegdy, NBC’s alternate and late night honcho, said in the announcement: “Howard Stern’s larger-than-life personality will bring a thrilling new dynamic to ‘America’s Got Talent’ starting this summer. 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.”
This should be an interesting move for Stern. While this catapults him back into the mainstream spotlight — “AGT” is routinely one of the most-watched shows over the summer months — it also gives the show a boost in that Stern will take it over and shape it around his outsized personality. Hopefully, though, we won’t see some of his Wack Packers audition, because we hear enough of them on Stern’s show as it is.
UPDATE: Here’s the tweet from the man Stern is replacing, Piers Morgan: “Congrats to @HowardStern on landing my #AmericasGotTalent judging gig – he’ll be outrageous, hilarious, dangerous & brilliant. Can’t wait.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stern announced the move on his show this morning and said he will start shooting in February, traveling the country for the audition rounds. Considering Stern sometimes takes two days off per week, this shouldn’t put much of a crimp in his radio schedule. According to MTV, Stern said he’ll be taking the judging very seriously, and “goofy acts are not going through.” More updates can be found on the Stern show’s Twitter feed.
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