Howard Stern to Return for Second Season as Judge on NBC's Summer Hit 'America's Got Talent'

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December 3rd, 2012

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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – December 3, 2012 -- NBC announced today that Howard Stern, American radio personality, television host and author, will return as a judge for a second season on the top-rated summer alternative series “America’s Got Talent,” produced by FremantleMedia North America and Simon Cowell’s SYCO Television.Stern will continue to provide his observations on the colorful array of hopeful future stars that are currently auditioning in major cities around the country for the show’s upcoming eighth season.

The announcement was made by Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment.

“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,” said 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.”

Stern helped to transform American radio and put syndicated satellite radio on the map on SiriusXM. As the outspoken, unedited and headline-grabbing host of “The Howard Stern Show” radio program, Stern was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2005 and became a pop-culture icon with a massive loyal fan base. Since 1987, he has hosted numerous television shows, record-breaking pay-per-view events and home video releases. He also embarked on a five-month political campaign for governor of New York in 1994.

His two books, “Private Parts” (1993) and “Miss America” (1995), spent 20 and 16 weeks, respectively, on The New York Times bestseller list. The first book became a national sensation and was adapted into the feature film “Private Parts” (1997), a biographical comedy film that starred Stern and his radio show staff -- and was a box-office success. Additionally, Stern performed on the film’s soundtrack which topped the Billboard 200 chart. Stern currently broadcasts his show “Howard 100” on the SiriusXM satellite radio station.

The auditions for “America’s Got Talent” will continue in Seattle (November 29), Portland (December 1), Birmingham (December 10), Memphis (December 11), Nashville (December 13) and continues onto the East Coast, making stops in Savannah (December 14), Raleigh (December 15), Norfolk (December 16), before heading to San Antonio (January 12 and 13) and Chicago (January 26 and 27). For all the latest information and to pre-register, go to

The 2012 edition of “America’s Got Talent” ranked as the #1 summer series on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-49 and total viewers, marking the seventh straight year the show finished as the #1 summer series in total viewers. “Talent” ranked #1 among non-sports primetime telecasts on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in total viewers for 12 of its last 14 weeks on the air this summer. The Monday edition of “Talent” averaged a 3.4 rating, 10 share in adults 18-49 and 11.1 million viewers overall, the Tuesday telecast earned a 3.4/10 in 18-49 and 11.7 million viewers and the Wednesday edition delivered a 2.9/8 in 18-49 and 10.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.

“America’s Got Talent” is produced by FremantleMedia North America and Simon Cowell’s SYCO Television. Simon Cowell, Jason Raff, Sam Donnelly (“Britain’s Got Talent”) and Trish Kinane are the executive producers.

  • Remote Patrolled

    Good news – Stern was a great judge last season – smart, invested and funny. He gave some of the most constructive comments I’ve ever heard a judge on one of these shows give.

  • Mark

    Good judge but he still irritated me because of his overall attitude and came across super conceited.

  • a p garcia

    I like Howard as judge.

  • Curious George

    Last season was the first time I was able to watchtower AGT beyond the tryouts and Howard was the reason. I’m guessing I’m not the only viewer that feels that way. I’ll be back this season, now.

  • Curious George

    Last season was the first time I was able to watch AGT beyond the tryouts and Howard was the reason. I’m guessing I’m not the only viewer that feels that way. I’ll be back this season, now.

  • DW

    i watched it for stern and he was great, but i hate these type of shows so i bailed. i dont think i’ll be back.

  • s0303

    i agree with mark…didn’t really care for howards attitude and conceit are a big turn off for me…not sure i’ll be watching.

  • NEK38583

    My dream team since Sharon has quit Would be

    Howard Stern, Jannet Jackson, and Piers Morgan.

    Although, I think HS was good last year we need PM back. I never did like Howie Mandell on this show it seems as if he doesn’t take it seriously and makes a big joke out of it by letting bad acts through so he can just get a cheap laugh. I think it would be better w/o him.

    That would be my dream team !!!!!

  • Baqinardo

    Expect more ratings declined.

  • rob60990

    Oh please he wasn’t the cause of the ratings decline. The reason for the big ratings decline was Sharon & Howie accepting crappy talent. At least Sharon left.

  • Nick

    Howard was a great judge. He was extremely invested, and although it may have come off as conceited, the guy knew exactly what he was talking. Truly didn’t think they would find a good replacement for Piers Morgan, but Howard was perfect. I wonder who they’ll get to replace Sharon.

  • DryedMangoez

    Good job NBC for keeping him on. He was great. While he was his usual self, he kept it clean and seemed genuinely interested.

    Wonder who they’ll get to replace Sharon.

  • Cj morton

    Howard was so much better than I thought he’d be. Howie is of course comPletely hilarious. And Sharon was the nice, considerate one but still able to give criticism. And she was also able to keep howie and Howard on track and avoid killing each other. So sad Sharons leaving. The three of them were by far the best combination the show has seen, and better than most other shows. Not gonna be the same without her.

  • Tyson

    I’m happy that Howard will return. I’m glad Sharon is gone. I’ll be very happy if Howie leaves too. The two of them outvoted Howard sometimes and the show quality usually suffered as a result.


    This is great news. Howard stern turned out to be a great judge and IMO I am glad Sharon is gone too. I liked her but she was so bitter by end of season and didn’t want to be there. I have a suggestion to replace Sharon and its Paula Abdul. Paula was great on dwts and should be totally fun and wacky on talent plus would love to see her with Howard stern. NBC should contact Paula abdul.

  • Max

    This is great news! Howard delivered a great time on his 1st season. I’m so happy Howard is coming back and Sharon leaving!! Whoo hoo!!

  • Honey Badger

    Howard Stern to Return for Second Season as Judge on NBC’s Summer Hit ‘America’s Got Talent’

    I guess that ught to kill the show.
    ‘America’s Got Talent’ ratings dropped last season with him, and will drop even more next season. dumb move by NBC

  • SarahK123

    Are TMZ correct in their report that Shannen Doherty and LeAnn Rimes are top of Simon Cowell/NBC’s wishlist to fill Sharon Osbourne’s place on the panel?

    Great choices I think, although I do like Sharon.

  • Don Juan

    great news!

  • Solly Mullins

    Anything else, Robin?

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