Some people aren't very happy about this - The Parents Television Council said his hire is "bad for humanity." Whether you like it or not, Stern, his hair, and his outspoken opinions are coming to primetime television.
This morning on his radio show he told listeners, "I take judging very seriously." However, there are two kinds of "judging." There is professional TV judging popularized by shows like this one and American Idol and then there is "judging" like, "Omigod I can't believe she's wearing Ugg boots with a denim mini skirt, what is this, 2005?" I hope Howard Stern knows what kind of judging he's expected to do.
NBC is excited for his addition.
"Howard Stern's larger-than-life personality will bring a thrilling new dynamic to 'America's Got Talent' starting this summer," says Paul Telegdy, president of alternative programming at NBC, "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."
Ever since Piers Morgan announced he was quitting the show, Stern has been campaigning himself for that spot. Well, not so much "campaigning" for the spot, but rather, criticizing the judging panel of other television singing shows. "They’ve got a bunch of people on there who don’t have an opinion. Judging is an interesting thing. What I do for a living is a lot more complicated than judging. I have to wake up people. I compete in radio markets and to sit there and judge a karaoke contest, the one criteria would be to have an opinion. It seems that two or three of the judges barely have an opinion,” says Stern.