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Simon Cowell Talks Howard Stern and 'America's Got Talent'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 25th 2011 9:00AM
Ever since Piers Morgan quit the 'America's Got Talent' judging panel rumors have swirled about his possible replacement, and one name that keeps coming up is shock jock Howard Stern. He recently addressed the rumors and reiterated that he's a huge fan of the show, but wouldn't comment on whether he was involved in ongoing negotiations with NBC.

This week the 'New York Post' published a report alleging that Stern's agreed to join the show if certain conditions are met. Such as paying him a whopping $20 million and moving the show from Los Angeles to New York. The 'Post' quotes a source close to the show as saying that 'AGT' boss Simon Cowell is "hellbent" in landing Stern, and that "The talk on the production is that it's practically a done deal."

For his part, Cowell told 'Access Hollywood' that he's a fan of Stern but that nothing's been signed: "I like him. There's a lot of people who make decisions on this stuff. Money's got to work, schedules [have] got to work. There might be a few twists and turns still."

Cowell's an old pro at refusing to be drawn into giving leading answers, and when asked about Stern's alleged huge salary demands he said "I'm sure he does [want $20 million]. Who doesn't? That's not up to me. That's up to [NBC]. I don't write the checks, baby."

He also considered the question of whether 'America's Got Talent' would move production to New York in order to accommodate Stern's commitments to his radio show. "If it's the right thing to do, yeah. I like change. Whatever's right for the show, we'll do."

Stern previously blasted the judges' choices on 'AGT,' saying "If I was a judge on that there, there would be no nonsense whatsoever ... If I was on there, the guy who won last year, whose name I can't even remember [Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.], he would never have won."

Echoing those sentiments, Cowell said "The important thing this year is we've got to find more stars on the show, like we found with [Season 2 'AGT' winner] Terry Fator. I want someone who's going to have a big, big career. They're all going to be under pressure this year to find us stars. That's why you get paid to do the job."

With fellow 'AGT' judge Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel rumored to keen to stay in Losa Angeles, it's possible that Stern could commute to the West Coast for a part-time only gig as judge. Stay tuned for updates.

Do you think Howard Stern would be a good choice to replace Piers Morgan on 'America's Got Talent?'

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perfumequeen2003

Howard knows talent and he won't sugar coat . He will tell it like it is and he always finds great talent. Looking forward to his addition to the show.

December 15 2011 at 7:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pa.veya

People who bash Stern as a judge are usually people who don't listen to his show and have no idea who Howard is. Her would be a great judge.

December 12 2011 at 11:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Barry

Please no howard stern! That would be a bad bad move! That ass already makes way too much money!

November 28 2011 at 7:47 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Ric Gibson

What a waste of a good show to put Howard Stern in as judge. Just opening his mouth would turn it into a porn site.

November 26 2011 at 8:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jmrtn134

Is Simon kidding? He doesn't remember Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.? He must be getting senile. Check out the numbers of LEM's first release. Does Simon think he has a star with that snotty kid, Astro? Send the kid back to Brooklyn. Simon is slipping. Furthermore, with all the PR the XFactor has had, you'd think it would have much higher numbers than it does. It's not nearly as good as AGT, partly because of all bickering between him and LA. Very childish and embarrassing.

November 25 2011 at 10:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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niedz9

It think it is Howard Stern that doesn't remember.

November 26 2011 at 8:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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jmrtn134

You are so RIGHT and I am so WRONG! Thank you for letting me know. Now I feel a little better about Simon. Next time I will slow down with my reading. Thanks again, niedz9

November 26 2011 at 7:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
Erin

I love the show but would stop watching it if someone like Howard Stern would become a judge. He is an immoral evil person who has done nothing but support and encourage the same type of behavior. I hope the show doesn't lower itself to such a horrible level.

November 25 2011 at 4:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Caroline Marty

Howard Stern hardly seems qualified to judge a talent show. He doesn't sing, dance, or act. Plus, he's a foul pig of a man.

November 25 2011 at 4:49 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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themurman

I don't think any of the current judges either sing, dance or act so your statement about being qualified to judge really does not hold up.

November 25 2011 at 10:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dvo420

Everyone is so quick to bash Stern! Caroline, what qualifies Sharon Osborne to judge talent? she doesn't sing, dance or act either? . BTW have you ever watched the Osborns reality show? every word out of sharons mouth is bleeped.

November 29 2011 at 4:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
karib57

Howard Stern??? Ugh! Awful choice.

November 25 2011 at 4:47 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
tterry24bear

Howard would rock at this, great choice

November 25 2011 at 2:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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