Report: Howard Stern In Talks To Join ‘America’s Got Talent’ Judging Panel
First Published: November 10, 2011 7:02 PM EST Credit: NBC/Getty Images
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Could America’s most famous radio DJ be in line to replace outgoing judge Piers Morgan on “America’s Got Talent”?
Sources told The Wall Street Journal that shock jock Howard Stern is in talks with NBC to join the panel, which includes Sharon Osbourne and comedian Howie Mandel.
The paper reported that the deal could be worth $15 million a year to bring Howard to the “AGT” fold.
This is not the first time Howard, who hosts his “The Howard Stern Show” on SiriusXM Radio, has been bandied about as a potential reality show judge.
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He suggested “American Idol” needed him back in February 2010 in an interview with Access Hollywood.
“They’ve got a bunch of people on there who don’t have an opinion,” he told Access at the time about the then-“AI” panel, which included Ellen DeGeneres, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi.
“Judging is an interesting thing. What I do for a living is a lot more complicated than judging. I have to wake up people,” he continued. “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 and the show’s in trouble, let’s face it… They probably do need me, but who knows if that would ever come together.”
And he even offered to replace the departing Simon – for a massive payday.
“There’s isn’t a better job on the planet than sitting there judging that [expletive] karaoke contest,” he said on his SiriusXM radio show in February 2009. “And, you know, if they’re gonna hire me, they gotta pay me a ton of [expletive] dough.
“If I do say so myself, I can’t imagine anyone else but me replacing him,” he reportedly added. “I mean, I don’t know. How else are they going to make that show work? Who knows how to broadcast and who knows how to be interesting? And who’s not afraid to speak their mind?”
A rep for NBC did not have a comment on the WSJ report, when contacted by Access Hollywood. A rep for Stern did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Access.
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