When Piers Morgan revealed that he was stepping down from America’s Got Talent last month, few would have believed that his replacement would come in the form of corkscrew-haired shock jock Howard Stern but, bizarrely, that’s what’s happened.
NBC made the announcement on Thursday morning that Stern would step into the vacant judge’s spot on the talent show when it returns to TV next summer.
In addition to his new responsibilities for NBC, Stern will continue to present his SiriusXM radio show and the America’s Got Talent production will move to New York to accommodate his schedule.
“Howard Stern’s larger-than-life personality will bring a thrilling new dynamic to America’s Got Talent starting this summer,” said NBC’s alternative programming chief, Paul Telegdy.
“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.”
Stern is famous for his near-the-knuckle style of broadcasting and is renowned for conducting sexually explicit interviews and pouring out satirical comments about race, religion and other controversial topics. He’s also hosted a string of TV programmes based on his radio show and persona, and recently popped up on Piers Morgan’s chat show: