Howard Stern may be promising to tone it down as he prepares to join “America’s Got Talent” as the show’s newest judge, but that hasn’t stopped him from sharing his opinion of his rivals.
During recent interviews too promote his arrival on the show, Stern set his sights on some of the famous faces on “American Idol” and “The X Factor,” namely Britney Spears, Ryan Seacrest and Jennifer Lopez.
Recent reports that Britney Spears has finally signed on the dotted line to join Simon Cowell and crew on “The X Factor” brought out the colorful side of Stern. At a press conference in New York City Thursday, Stern cracked that he thought Spears’ hiring was a terrific decision.
“I think it’s a wonderful decision, Britney still thinks the Earth is flat,” Howard said. “Listen, I think we’re going to tune in to see her, if she can sort of function through the thing.”
“As far as any real criticism, I think Simon and L.A. Reid will be doing that,” he added. “I think Britney is going to stand there and eat a lollipop and wear a sexy outfit. I don’t anticipate great opinions out of her.”
Spears wasn’t the only target of Stern’s shots. He also set his sights on “American Idol,” which he said makes him want to “throw up” and noted that host Ryan Seacrest is “tired,” according to the AP.
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As for Jennifer Lopez…
“J.Lo, I don’t even know what she’s doing there,” he said of the “Idol” judge.
Of course, he also took the time to promote his goals with “AGT,” where he debuts on Monday as Piers Morgan‘s replacement, and has already gotten some groups up-in-arms and threatening to boycott the show.
“I really feel a responsibility to the people who love this show already,” Stern said. “In no way do I want to get in the way of it. I want to broaden it and make it better.”
Of course, Stern will join Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel as the roster of judges on the show.
“I didn’t need the money,” he said. “I didn’t need more fame. I certainly feel famous enough. I’m comfortable in my life. I just love the show and thought how much fun it would be to do it.”