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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."

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Howard Stern Addresses 'America's Got Talent' Judge Rumors (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 14th 2011 4:00PM
Howard Stern is adding fuel to the fire that he may be in talks to join 'America's Got Talent' as a replacement judge for Piers Morgan. On his Sirius XM radio show, Stern addressed the rumors and re-iterated that he's a huge fan of the show, but wouldn't comment on whether he was involved in ongoing negotiations with NBC.

"I love the show ... I think it's the greatest, and I would be certainly honored to sit with Howie and Sharon and judge these lunatics," Stern said. He then leveled a critique at the show. "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," Stern said.

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Howard Stern Rips Jay Leno for Stealing Material and Doing a 'Terrible Thing' to Conan (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 19th 2011 3:20PM
Howard Stern pulled no punches when talking about Jay Leno on 'Piers Morgan Tonight' (weekdays, 9PM ET on CNN.)

"Jay is insane, and Jay is a crook, and the whole world knows what he is up to," Stern told Morgan. "He steals a tremendous amount of material, he's not fit to scrub David Letterman's feet."

Morgan followed up Stern's diatribe by asking him his opinion on what happened between Leno and Conan O'Brien at NBC.

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Robin Quivers Defends Gabourey Sidibe Comments Made on 'Howard Stern' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 23rd 2010 3:30PM
Howard Stern's sidekick Robin Quivers appeared on 'The Wendy Williams Show' (weekdays, syndicated) and defended comments she and Stern made that 'Precious' actress Gabourey Sidibe would have a difficult time succeeding in Hollywood due to her weight.

"The young lady has a major problem with weight. An actor's body is a part of their instrument. You have to be able to fit yourself into a role. She happened to be perfect for 'Precious,' but how many roles are there like that in Hollywood? That's the first thing. The second thing is everybody can see she has a major problem, and nobody wants to address it," Quivers said.

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'Saturday Night Live' Doesn't Think Gabourey Sidibe Is Too Fat

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 1st 2010 8:02PM
Gabourey SidibeIt's interesting that in E! Online's announcement about 'Precious' star Gabourey Sidibe being asked to host an upcoming episode of 'Saturday Night Live,' their writer referenced a couple of disrespectful quotes Howard Stern had made about Sidibe in early March. Stern makes a living by saying things that push the envelope of good taste, but these words seem to have resonated a bit more than usual.

"There's the most enormous, fat black chick I've ever seen," he said. "She is enormous. Everyone's pretending she's a part of show business and she's never going to be in another movie." He even took on Oprah Winfrey, who's certainly no stranger to weight struggles or lasting success. "Oprah's another liar, a filthy liar. She's telling an enormous woman the size of a planet that she's going to have a career."

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Whoopi Goldberg Criticizes Howard Stern on 'The View' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 11th 2010 1:30PM
On 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated), Whoopi Goldberg criticized shock jock Howard Stern for a recent comment he made about Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe. Stern said on his satellite radio show that Sidibe's weight would make it difficult for her to have a successful career after 'Precious.'

"Gabby actually has a TV show and two movies that she's doing," Goldberg said in Sidibe's defense. "You think she's big, okay. But at least get the facts right."

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Howard Stern Accuses Jay Leno of Stealing Material (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 2nd 2010 12:30PM
Shock jock Howard Stern appeared on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS) and did little to mask his intense dislike of Jay Leno, accusing the 'Tonight Show' host of stealing comedy bits from himself and David Letterman.

"Jay is ... a thief and that's what gets my goat the most," Stern said. "Jay takes and lifts bits directly from my show, from Dave's show ... Jay's signature bit 'Jaywalking' was lifted from my show. I've been doing this bit for years."

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'Idol's' Simon Cowell Talks About Ellen, Paula, and Who He Wants to Replace Him

by Kona Gallagher, posted Feb 19th 2010 2:03PM
Simon Cowell'American Idol's' cantankerous judge, Simon Cowell, spoke to reporters last night, and he touched on everything from whether or not there's a feud between him and Ellen, how he feels about Paula's departure, and who he thinks should replace him on 'Idol' next season (Hint: not Howard Stern).

Ever since Ellen DeGeneres joined the show during Hollywood week, there have been rumblings that the pair hasn't exactly been getting along. While Simon denies any sort of feud, if you read between the lines, it's clear that they won't be having slumber parties and painting each other's toenails any time soon. Cowell told reporters, "I wouldn't say that we didn't get on well. I don't know Ellen that well. It was a difficult position for her, because she started work on the Hollywood week, which is a quite difficult show to do."

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TV 101: 'American Idol' and the TV Truth Gap

by Jay Black, posted Feb 17th 2010 11:05AM
Simon CowellCalm down, Grandma: Howard Stern won't be replacing Simon Cowell on 'American Idol'. Like every other inspired Hollywood idea, I'm sure someone in a $500 vintage t-shirt is having one of his interns draft a memo to kill it right now.

The controversy surrounding the rumor that Stern might be replacing Simon wasn't shocking: denouncing Stern as a politically incorrect vulgarian is one of the few things liberals and conservatives can still do together. (It was actually kind of fun seeing them agree on something, like when an elderly couple holds hands).

The more interesting thing about the Stern rumor is what it reveals about our TV landscape. Because the next logical question is this:

If not Stern, then who?

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Sherri Shepherd Questions Howard Stern as 'Idol' Replacement (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 9th 2010 3:00PM
Sherri Shepherd questioned Howard Stern as a potential choice for Simon Cowell's replacement on 'American Idol,' and wondered whether the shock jock is as relevant as he used to be after moving from terrestrial to satellite radio on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated).

"I think if you got Howard Stern on here now ... the legitimacy of 'American Idol' really, really goes down," Shepherd said. "I don't know if he's as relevant as he used to be." An informal poll of the studio audience seemed to support Shepherd's opinion, with the majority indicating they're not in favor of Stern's involvement in the highly-rated singing competition.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Howard Stern Says He Really Is Interested in Simon's Idol Seat

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 9th 2010 9:10AM
Howard SternLove him or hate him, Howard Stern has confirmed his interest in Simon Cowell's seat on 'American Idol'. This goes along with the earlier announcement that 'Idol' producers are interested as having Stern as a judge.

This entire situation seems more sound and fury and it's unlikely that anything would come of it. All Stern has in common with Cowell is the ability to be obnoxious and denigrating of other people. Cowell at least had ties to the music industry before appearing as an 'Idol' judge. While Howard Stern does work in radio, he thankfully has not released a CD of himself singing the Beatles' greatest hits. If he has, I missed it.

Most likely this situation is being used by Stern as a bargaining chip for a renegotiation of his contract with Sirius. Stern would be too much of a turn-off for the majority of viewers for 'American Idol'. If he does end up replacing Cowell, then it could signal the beginning of the end of 'American Idol'.

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If 'Idol' Producers Get Their Way, Howard Stern Could Replace Cowell

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 5th 2010 11:02AM
howard_stern_siriusThe question of who will replace Simon Cowell as an 'American Idol' judge began in earnest today with Page Six claiming that Howard Stern is the 'Idol' producers' top choice to take Simon Cowell's throne. Stunt casting? Attention-grabbing? Total bull? You can take your pick because this smacks of a PR turn if ever there was one.

For a moment, though, let's consider the possibility. Howard's contract with Sirius XM Radio wraps next January. That contract was in the $100 million neighborhood. Could 'American Idol' fork over a pay-out equal to that? Umm, yes. They make enough. Will they? Hard to imagine. The figure mentioned in the report was $50 million a year, which is what Simon will earn this season, but that's based on the fact that Simon has a track record with 'Idol.'

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Rosie O'Donnell Blames Jay Leno, Loves Howard Stern (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 29th 2010 11:45AM
Rosie O'Donnell dropped by 'The Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:35AM ET on CBS) and discussed NBC's late-night shakeup, as well as her relationship with shock jock Howard Stern, with whom she's had a long-running feud dating back a decade.

"I just felt it was a crappy thing to do," O'Donnell said of Jay Leno's role in NBC's after-hours programming debacle. "Conan had been working 17 years for that company, and then Jay was told five years ago that it was his turn to give up the driver's seat. That is not his bus. That's a 60-year bus that's been driving around the country ... and ... when they say, 'Hey, you're done,' you give the keys back and you say, 'Thank you.' You don't flatten the tires of the guy who comes next."

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Howard Stern warned Conan to be wary of Jay Leno

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 25th 2010 7:00PM
You might have wondered why Howard Stern really declined to be Conan O'Brien's last few shows on The Tonight Show. Here's a possibility: Howard hates being proved right. Sure, it's a long shot.

TVTattle dug up an old Late Night interview from 2006 with the longtime radio host warning Conan, "I don't see this guy (Leno) leaving and letting you walk in and I'm concerned about you."

Nice call, Howard. Would you also be willing to take over my stock portfolio and attend my upcoming IRS audit with me?

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5 Signs Rosie O'Donnell Is Making a Comeback

by Ryan McKee, posted Nov 17th 2009 5:22PM
After being in the closet her entire show business career, Rosie O'Donnell seemed to think she had something to prove after coming out. The Queen of Nice, who wooed daytime audiences by blushing about Tom Cruise, got angry and political. She blindsided Tom Selleck about gun control during his appearance on her show and called herself a "d*ke" at an Ovarian Cancer Research benefit. She looked mean.

Her fans were scared. Her career faltered. 'The View' hired her to stir up controversy, but she stirred too hard.

Two years later, after her two ugly departures from daytime TV, it seems Rosie has gained some kind of peace and is focused on entertaining audiences again. Is it going to last? Why should we care? Here are five reasons we think the Rosie we used to know may finally be back to stay.

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