This morning, NBC announced that longtime radio host and purveyor of comedy Howard Stern would replace Piers Morgan as one of the judge’s on its reality competition show America’s Got Talent. Stern, of course, confirmed the news by chatting at length about the announcement this morning — he’s usually off on Thurdays — on his SiriusXM show. He also assured his listeners he’ll still be hosting his show, as AGT is moving its operations from Los Angeles to New York City, where he’s based.
“Howard Stern’s larger-than-life personality will bring a thrilling new dynamic to America’s Got Talent starting this summer,” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming. “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.”
The news comes after weeks of speculation and reports that claimed Stern was talking to the network, trying to iron out a deal. In recent days on his show, however, although he’s been talking about the possibility, Stern has been distancing himself from the rumors, making it seem the rumors were unfounded. As it turns out, negotiations were going down. Talking to Entertainment Tonight‘s Christina McLarty this morning on his show, he promised that he would offer the show what it really needs– an honest voice who’ll tell it like it is and a judge that will act as a proper representation of the American public.
The question is, will Stern, with his track record of broadcasting R-rated comedy radio, bring more legitimacy to such a mainstream program? Will middle America accept the man into their homes? Sound off in the comments section!