December 05, 2012 05:00 PM by Lisa Princ
Ever since Sharon Osbourne revealed her America’s Got Talent departure months ago, the world was left wondering whether or not our favorite shock jock, Howard Stern, would be returning. Rest assured fans, Stern revealed that he will indeed be returning for the new season!
When America’s Got Talent returns next summer, one thing is certain – Howard Stern will return to the judging panel. Howard Stern announced the news on his radio show on Monday, telling fans: “Here’s my reasons for going back: This is the only show that has this kind of clout for what I would say is ‘non-singers’. I just find it so refreshing that… people can get this type of exposure, who have shot stardom…I feel my work is unfinished there.”
Meanwhile, Paul Teledgy, NBC’s president of alternative and late-night programming also said recently of Stern: “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.”
Stern, who reportedly earned somewhere near $20 million last year for his gig on the show, went on to joke about whoever may be replacing Sharon Osbourne. He told his listeners: “If I don’t like the new judge, I’ll hit the ‘X’ on the judge while they’re talking. I’ll be like, ‘Shut up, no one wants to hear from you.’ Believe me, if I was the only judge, I think the show would be terrific. You don’t need the other judges, but all right. I gotta to learn to play with others.”
We’re still waiting to hear whether or not Howie Mandel will sign on for the new season.
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