Howard Stern is Leaving America’s Got Talent

americas judgeIt looks like Howard Stern is leaving “America’s Got Talent” — or, at least he says he is.

The judge of the NBC competition show revealed the news on his radio show Wednesday morning that he would leave after the end of the current season, which wraps up this summer.

“I told them, this is my last season,” Stern said on his SiriusXM show. “I am going though my own career evaluation right now. I’m just too f–ing busy.”

Stern has been on “America’s Got Talent” for four seasons. The radio host, however, previously admitted that he “really did struggle” in the decision to sign on for the current season.

Don’t worry, though — Stern always has a replacement in mind, one with extensive experience in judging talent competition shows. He threw the name of Simon Cowell, who served as a judge on “Britain’s Got Talent,” into the ring.

America’s Got Talent returns on May 27th

americas judgeAfter months of waiting around to set a premiere date in stone, NBC has announced that America’s Got Talent will be returning to the air in late May.

The announcement of the premiere date has flown under the radar for the most part, but the show has been known to be returning for a ninth season and the network has now set a formal premiere date.

The show has regained a massive following thanks to the new judging panel the show implicated a few years ago. Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howard Stern have helped pump new life into the talent show and they’re one of the reasons the show is as popular as it is today.

Last season saw a slew of acts compete for the top prize of their own Las Vegas show, and the journey there was far more entertaining than many expected.

America’s Got Talent will begin auditioning around the country soon with the taped performances premiering on May 27th.

Howard Stern will return for America’s Got Talent Season 9

americas judgeHoward Stern has signed on for a third season of America’s Got Talent.

“It started out as a goof. … Now it’s becoming a job,” he told his listeners, saying he thought he’d only do it for one season. He added that he struggled with the decision to return to AGT because I’ve been working a long time.

I really wanted to decide if this was going to take away too much … free time. Did I really still enjoy doing it? Did I have something to say? Is it something I should be involved with still?”

He said wife Beth Stern prodded him to “just make a decision already. She couldn’t take it [anymore].”

Stern noted that NBC has been accommodating of his schedule, which has made him feel “very special.” He also admitted that in the grand scheme of things, struggling over whether to return to judge a reality show was “silly.”

Heidi Klum joins America’s Got Talent

Heidi Klum is joining America’s Got Talent as 4th Judge.

The Project Runway host is joining Howard Stern on the upcoming 8th season of America’s Got Talent as a judge, TMZ reports.

Heidi Klum will be seated next to returning judges Howie Mandel and Howard Stern and new judge Mel Brown. This is the first time America’s Got Talent will have 4 seats on the judging panel.

It doesn’t seem like Howard Stern will be happy with the decision NBC made and the way America’s Got Talent is going. Here is what he had to say about American Idol making a similar switch, “I watch ‘American Idol, and I gotta tell you, it’s just one judge too many in my opinion. I hope they don’t add a fourth judge [on AGT]”

Mel B joins Howard Stern on America’s Got Talent

America’s Got Talent has confirmed that Mel B will be joining Howard Stern this summer.

mel bSpice Girl Mel B will join the summer reality hit’s judging panel. She’ll take a seat beside Howard Stern and Howie Mandel critiquing the show’s wild variety of performers. The pop singer has live competition show experience having served as a judge on the Australian version of The X Factor as well as guest hosted on the show’s UK version.

“I’ve known Melanie since she did Dancing with the Stars, and I’ve known her as a performer in The Spice Girls before that,” said NBC president of alternative Paul Telegdy, who was previously at Dancing production company BBC Worldwide America.

“To know her isto know a very frank, strong, enduring entertainer. Someone who has a very strong point of view. We needed somebody who was qualified for the job. She’s an amazing singer, dancer and a huge personality. The contestants will get a lot of constructive feedback from her and I can’t wait to see her chemistry with Howard and Howie.”

Rosie Not Judging America’s Got Talent

Howard Stern said he wanted Rosie O’Donnell next to him on the AGT panel, but NBC said there are no current plans for that happening. According to Deadline, NBC is not in talks with O’Donnell and there are no plans for her to be a judge on season 8 of America’s Got Talent.

Rosie O'Donnell AGTThe Huffington Post initially reported Stern’s desires to have O’Donnell as the third judge last week. “Rosie and Howard have had a tough past but now they are great friends, he thinks she is a great talent and will bring a new energy to that show.” a friend of Howard Stern’s told The Huffington Post.

However, Rosie recently stated that she was in talks with NBC and is excited about the opportunity, “I am very interested in doing America’s Got Talent with Howard Stern and I am talking to them,” O’Donnell told The New York Observer. “Let’s see how that works.”

Carmen Electra next America’s Got Talent Judge?

Simon Cowell is reportedly vetting Carmen Electra as a judge on “America’s Got Talent.” According to the NY Post, Cowell was lobbying for Electra to join Howard Stern, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel last season, but the network reportedly dismissed the idea. Now that Sharon Osbourne has left the show Carmen might have a real chance.

Cowell reportedly told the New York Post last year that he wanted to add “somebody younger, a woman, someone who will not be afraid of Howard Stern and fight for a different type of act.”

Producers have a few more months to find judges for next season. Auditions for Americas Got Talent Season 8 begin in Los Angeles this week, but successful contestants won’t appear before Howard Stern until February 2013.

Robin Quivers to replace Sharon Osbourne on America’s Got Talent?

Ever since Sharon’s been saying she wants to leave AGT,” said Stern. “I get calls from people saying they want to be the new female judge on AGT, and I explain to them that I don’t have anything to do with it other than I’m just a hired hand. It’s strictly a job.”

“They want you to put in a good word for them—drop their name,” said co-host Robin Quivers. “But you’d better be dropping mine!”

Stern said he’s already submitted Quivers’ name for the job:

“I told people that you would be a good judge over there. I don’t know what they do about it, but I’ve put your name in.”

Sharon Osbourne quit America’s Got Talent after NBC fired Jack

Update from Sharon Osbourne on Twitter:
Please don’t misunderstand. I love NBC/AGT with all my heart and will of course finish out the season. It is still one of the best shows on tv.

Osbourne has quit America’s Got Talent after accusing NBC of axing her son Jack from a new show when they discovered he had multiple sclerosis.

The outspoken 59-year-old revealed last month that she was leaving the telly talent show, on US network NBC, in a cryptic tweet to fellow judge Howard Stern.

She wrote: “My darling Howard Stern, money is not the reason I’m not returning to (America’s Got Talent), it’s because…”

But the mum failed to elaborate on the situation.

Now she has told the New York Post her decision came after Jack was allegedly dropped from another NBC show, Stars Earn Stripes — which pits celebrities against one another in military training exercises — when he went public with his health battle.

She blasted: “I just can’t be fake. It’s discrimination, and it was badly handled.”

Producer David Hurwitz told a press conference in Los Angeles last month that former Adrenaline Junkie star Jack was never officially hired.

But Sharon and Jack allege they were moving forward with the TV show plans on a verbal commitment.