Howard Stern Says He Is “All About Honesty” On America’s Got Talent, Then Bashes Jennifer Lopez And Britney Spears
May 10, 2012 02:36 PM by Lisa Princ
All the buzz these days surrounding America’s Got Talent on NBC is seems to be about shock jock Howard Stern, who was recently criticized by the Parents Television Council, who feel he is not fit for family television. Howard took some time today to chat with reporters about his upcoming gig, where he said he is “all about honesty,” then he went on to bash Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears and defend himself against the critics. Read on to hear everything Howard Stern wanted to share!
Howard Stern took some time out of his busy schedule today to chat with the media about his upcoming gig on America’s Got Talent, and I can tell you folks, after listening to him today, I have a feeling he is going to be a bundle of fun on the show – seriously! Howard kicked off by letting everyone know how excited he is to be a part of such a great show, and he truly hopes that the viewers enjoy him.
On what we can expect to see from him as a judge this season:
This is the best judging panel on television. I respect what America’s Got Talent is, and I know it is a family show. It’s a show I love, and have been watching for years. Don’t worry, I didn’t want to come in here and do the Howard Stern show, people would hate that – I would hate that. So how will I keep my edge? I’ve always been about honesty, as long as I am honest, I won’t lose my edge. America’s Got Talent is perfect for me. Sitting around judging singing competitions would be boring. I mean, we have diverse talents, such as one guy who came out and got kicked in the nuts and I am laughing, ‘thinking these guys are fabulous’ so, I tell this guy, ‘If we send you through, you need to step it up.’ The next time, he gets on stage with a big entourage, gets on floor, spreads his legs and another guy brings out a bowling ball, and I was hysterical. Then Nick Cannon comes up on stage and the dude tells Nick Cannon to kick him, so Nick goes up and starts kicking him. It’s just so much fun.
Howard Stern fires back at the Parents Television Council:
The whole thing is absurd. You can’t complain about a show until you’ve seen it. It’s probably some guy sitting in his basement calling himself the Parents Television Council. They are entitled to their opinion, but they sound awfully selfish. I invite them to watch the show, and see if I am what they think I am. It’s a family show and I will keep it a family show. The only reason that I made it in this business because I didn’t listen to critics. We’ll see what happens, hopefully America likes it and it put all the fears to rest.
On him deeming himself “America’s judge”:
It was very clear going from city to city for auditions that people get me. I watch Dancing With The Stars, and I fast forward through everyone but Len, I don’t care what the other judges have to say. I am a huge fan of Simon Cowell and was of Piers on the show. Adam Levine is also a good, honest judge on The Voice. In my case, I am that judge that you care about, it’s amazing. My honesty is infectious. It’s been an amazing experience and the audience give you tremendous energy. Yes, I have hugged people. Let me tell you the story about the 7-year-old. He actually broke down and cried, and I go on the stage, I get down on my knees, I am hugging him, like suddenly I am parenting this kid, and I said ‘You’re going to Vegas’ after I had already hit the X. Other than that, I am honest.
On whether or not he expects to bring the ratings up on America’s Got Talent (something that he does well on the radio):
Every time I went on radio, I would take crummiest station, ones like a toilet bowl and bring the ratings up. This is different, it’s a hit show. If it doesn’t work out, I will crawl back into my hole at Sirius. If it does work I will be excited. If the judges don’t step up and offer real criticism, these types of show will eventually get dull. I want to offer excitement.
On the adjustment of being an equal to with Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel:
[laughing] Equals? Let me just say that one night we were sitting around into the wee hours trying to narrow down our acts. Howie and Sharon are arguing with me about a certain act, they wanted to go through and I didn’t. They were going on and on and finally I said ‘Look…Howie you have great career, Sharon you’re wonderful, but I am a superstar, I am the bigger talent here and we should go with my opinion.’ They were stunned, they laughed and then got their way.
On the decision to add Britney Spears to The X Factor:
Oh, I think it’s a wonderful decision, Britney still thinks the earth is flat. I think she will get dressed up and sit there with a lollipop saying ‘Can I get a perfume deal out of this?’ I don’t think you’ll be getting opinions from her. I will tune in to see if she can function through the entire thing, but as far as real criticism, L.A. and Simon will do that. I think she will sit there like J-LO and say ‘you’re wonderful’ to everyone. Yep, I’ll tune into see what kind of train wreck she is.
Howard Stern also put to rest all the rumors that he was ever in talks to be a judge on American Idol, which he was not. Howard also feels that he will bring something special to America’s Got Talent because he is intuitive about talent. Check out NBC’s promo video of Howard on the show:
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