For weeks all the major entertainment publications speculated that Howard Stern would be the replacement for Piers Morgan on NBC's "America's Got Talent." Though Stern would not comment on meetings with producers, it's official that the shock jock will indeed join Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandell as the third judge of the talent competition.
America is torn whether the decision will benefit the show, and even The Parents Television Council (PTC) is speaking out against the decision. "The once-proud broadcast network has lost its way and has made it clear it holds no concern whatsoever for children and families," President Tim Winter said via statement, "It also risks losing millions in advertising dollars. Whatever principles NBC had in the past, when the network was successful, have clearly gone out the window."
Despite what the PTC thinks, many experts believe it will be a fresh addition to the show. Though Stern is known for pushing the envelope, to the point his radio show airs on paid Sirius radio, Stern has multiple sides to his personality. He will be able to control his sexual innuendos and bad language. Look at who he is sitting next to, Sharon Osbourne. In the past she was known for her foul language and outspoken thoughts, though she's not known for her crude humor it's a similar situation. In fact, America loves her on "America's Got Talent," she's often seen as the "nice one."
Stern is likely to be the judge who will say what we are all thinking, while making us laugh. He's a big fan of the show, so he knows what it takes to win the trophy. In past seasons he's always analyzing the show on his radio program, sharing his thoughts on what the judges did or didn't do correctly.
Simon Cowell, executive producer of "America's Got Talent," is confident with the decision, having stated in the past that he "likes" Stern and wouldn't be opposed to him joining the panel. Next summer America can be the judge, hopefully it's not a case of Ellen DeGeneres who joined American Idol as a fourth judge, only to fail miserably.
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