Howard Stern may judge America’s Got Talent, replacing Piers Morgan

Howard Stern may become the third judge on America’s Got Talent, joining Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel now that Piers Morgan has quit the show, and if he does, the show could move to New York City for its live shows.

The satellite radio talk show host “is in talks with NBC” for “a $15 million a year sum to do the job,” the Wall Street Journal reports. His new job wouldn’t interrupt his Sirius XM Radio show, although the paper notes America’s Got Talent “is currently filmed on a CBS studio lot in Los Angeles but may relocate to New York for Mr. Stern, which would cost an additional $10 million.”

I think that’s great casting and he’d be terrific. While Howard is frequently raunchy on the radio, especially now that he’s in an uncensored format, he can also be very smart and thoughtful (watch or read Private Parts for evidence), and that combination would work really well on the show. The only danger is if he treats the job as a complete joke, because Piers often provided the lone voice of reason, as Howie sometimes seems too busy pimping his Twitter feed to actually judge, and Sharon Osbourne often seems reluctant to be mean.

The other advantage, of course, is that Howard’s presence would bring new viewers to the aging show. If it would just prohibit singers from auditioning and/or winning, it could find new life in its seventh season.

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