Howard Stern explains how his worst nightmare became reality on America’s Got Talent.
America’s Got Talent held its first 2012 Los Angeles auditions Friday, and the performers were not the only ones under scrutiny. AGT came to town with its newest judge, the controversial “shock jock” pioneer Howard Stern.
But anyone hoping to see the language, behavior and general demeanor of Stern’s radio rampages may have been disappointed.
“I’ve taken more no-talents and made them talents,” Stern said. “There is a way to sculpt people, to mentor people, and a way to find something that would tap into the national psyche.”
The self-proclaimed king of all media said he suprised himself during his stint at the judge’s desk.
“There were times when I was downright compassionate,” he said. “It was really unsettling.”
That’s not what some fans wanted to see Friday.
“I don’t like a lot of judges sugar coating everything,” said Carlos Jones, a Stern fan.
Don’t worry, Carlos.
“It’s a little weird, the first day out, I buzzed a nine-year-old kid,” Stern said. “The kid was adorable, but I did it, man, you gotta do it. I said, ‘Look, you’re cute, you’re adorable, but goodness gracious, you don’t belong on America’s Got Talent,’ and you just feel like the devil himself.”
Still, Stern said he wants to stay true to himself.
“If someone wants to go up on stage, and wants to be evaluated, I will evaluate them,” he said, somewhat sternly.
“You don’t want to be a stereotype as a judge,” he said. “You don’t want to be, ‘Oh, you’re replacing Piers, you gotta be the mean guy, or you gotta be the guy that always hits the buzzer.’ I have no preconceived notion, and I got news for you. If you go in there and watch this taping, it is insane.”
“First of all, he’s American, which is great, because he’s the first American judge on ‘America’s Got Talent,’ and I think that’s important,” Ferguson said. He furthermore said he was excited to see Stern be ruthless, but also excited about the acts he genuinely likes.
“And enthusiastic if he sees something he doesn’t like,” Mandel added. “I love honesty on that show. You know what I love about it even more? I love the controversy.”
Certainly Stern’s hiring has people talking about “AGT” more enthusiastically, either positively or negatively, than they have in several years. Time will tell if that translates to improved ratings.
“America’s Got Talent” returns this summer to NBC with Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne and Howard Stern replacing outgoing judge Piers Morgan
With Howard Stern set to take over for Piers Morgan on AMERICA’S GOT TALENT this summer, NBC has been taken to task by the Parents Television Council (PTC) for this decision, worried that Stern will tarnish the show’s family-friendly image.
However, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt at today’s NBC TCA press tour says he’s not worried by Stern and his previous Shock Jock antics at all and thinks he will make a great addition to the hit summer franchise.
“I’m not worried a bit,” says Greenblatt. “Aside from his radio personality, he’s a very thoughtful and intelligent person. He’s a huge fan of the show and he wants to be a really good judge. You will hear him say this too. He loves the show. We went to him because he has a real affinity for this talent competition. He’s going to be a great judge and he takes it seriously. He doesn’t for a second plan to be a Shock Jock judge. He’s a big personality and these judges have big personalities.
After months of speculation, SiriusXM satellite radio host Howard Stern confirmed on Thursday (December 15) that he will join the judging panel of one of his favorite reality TV shows, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”
“I’m going to be Piers [Morgan] on steroids,” Stern promised, in reference to the former lead judge. “It’s going to be a no-nonsense judge … I’m going to go there as a serious judge … It’s gonna be something else … I am very excited.”
On his satellite show on Thursday, Stern was joined by his long-time agent, Don Buchwald, who made a rare on-air appearance to present the show’s host with the official contracts for his new gig. Stern took great pleasure in joking about how he was going to be back with NBC, the company that famously fired him in 1985 for his lewd on-air behavior on his WNBC radio show.
“I am very happy for you because I know how much you love this show,” said longtime sidekick Robin Quivers. “I will find the next superstar,” Stern promised.
Stern said Buchwald got a call several months ago from the producers of the show asking if the radio icon would be interested in joining the program’s judging panel, which also includes his good pals Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel.
“I get a lot of offers, so when Don called me he said, ‘I don’t know why I’m even telling you this … I know you watch the show.'” But to Buchwald’s surprise, Stern said he was very interested in joining the cast of the show that he has obsessed over and dissected many a morning on his satellite broadcast, often bragging that he would be a superior judge on the series.
“This nonsense of Howie and Sharon putting through less-than-talented people has got to stop,” Stern thundered. “Under my administration there will be no Frank Sinatra impersonators winning for the year. If people think I’m the crazy man, I am not. I am the voice of reason,” he said, railing against some of the acts that have gotten through in the past that he would not abide by. “Goofy acts are not going through.”
One of the biggest questions was how Stern — who famously does not like to travel or fly — would handle taping the Los Angeles-based show and still host his New York-based radio program. “I think the show’s going to be even more exciting from New York,” said Stern, confirming that the production would move across the country to accommodate his desire to stay on the East Coast. “It will not interfere with here,” he promised, saying that he would fly around the country for auditions, but would not be interrupting his morning routine on SiriusXM on a regular basis.
He said he will start taping the first audition episodes in February. A spokesperson for NBCU could not be reached for comment at press time.
HOWARD Stern is said to be in “advanced talks” with NBC about becoming a judge on America’s Got Talent — but he has some big demands.
According to New York Post gossip column Page Six, the shock jock wants $20 million and the show to move to New York.
Got Talent boss Simon Cowell is said to be keen to get Stern to take Piers Morgan’s seat on the show — but moving the show from its home at Los Angeles’ CBS Television City is the deal-maker.
“Cowell really wants Stern on the judging panel, a source said.
“The talk on the production is that it’s practically a done deal. But Stern is asking for a huge fee, and he can’t travel because of his radio show. He wants the show to move to New York.
“Moving it to New York would mean over 100 people losing their jobs if they don’t move with the show. And inconvenience for Howie and Sharon, who wants to spend more time with her husband, Ozzy. Another idea would be for the show to stay in LA and Howard to be a part-time judge.”
-New York Post
“America’s Got Talent” contestants may be facing an unlikely new judge: shock jock Howard Stern.
Stern was in negotiations to replace the departing Piers Morgan on NBC’s talent show, a person close to the situation said Friday.
Stern, whose show airs on subscription service Sirius XM Radio, is a regular viewer of “America’s Got Talent,” the person said.
An email seeking comment from Stern’s agent in New York was not immediately returned.
Stern’s talks with “America’s Got Talent” were first reported by The Wall Street Journal, which cited unidentified people familiar with the situation and said Stern would get about $15 million a year to join judges Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne.
NBC is mulling the possibility of moving the talent show to New York to accommodate Stern, who is based in the city.