America’s Judge is Back for Season 8!

“America’s Judge” Howard Stern has resigned on for Season 8 of America’s Got Talent. Explaining that the experience was terrific last year.

The radio star made his announcement on his uncensored SiriusXM show this morning. NBC also issued an announcement stating they were thrilled that Stern would be returning this summer.

Not one to hold back, Stern told his radio listeners:

“Believe me, if I was the only judge, I think the show would be terrific. I’m ready to judge, I’m going to be more straight forward and direct then I was the first season.”

“Howard Stern’s towering presence and opinions on last season’s show as a new judge made a dramatic impact and added a sharper edge to the fascinating developments on stage,” was the reaction from NBC president of alternative and late-night programming Paul Telegdy.

“We know that Howard believes in ‘America’s Got Talent” which remains America’s top-rated summer series and that dedication comes across in a genuine way to our viewers who share his passion about our amazing talent competition.”

America’s Judge Howard Stern first night live

It appears, if Stern were to have his way, that he and he alone would determine which four of the 12 acts will move on to the next round. The show’s newest judge, who brayed at the outset of this first live show that he was “unedited” and “ready,” pulled no punches in his critical assessments Monday, telling one poor musician who had the audacity not to impress him by playing instruments made from household objects that his act was “annoying” and his home (seen in a video pre-roll) looked “creepy.”

“Look, you know—sometimes a baseball bat is a baseball bat and that’s all it’s good for. Sometimes a shovel is so you can dig your own grave—which, you did that tonight. . Michael, we all love your story. You’re in your house there. It looks sort of creepy—that place where you invent all the instruments. I don’t know what’s going on over at that house.

But, you know, look—the funny thing about this is if you play the baseball bat it’s still got to sound like a good instrument. That is a crummy instrument. It’s annoying and horrible and horrible sounding. If I was a priest I would read you the last rites right now. You are not going to be moving on tomorrow night. America will not vote for you. I can assure you of this, but it was a pleasure knowing you and you gave it your best, and good luck with the vacuum cleaner. If you could bring it over to my house and clean up a little I’d appreciate it…Go home. Stare at the wall. Invent something.”