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Neglectful Father Asks for Forgiveness From Daughter on 'Mobbed' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 24th 2011 12:30AM
Howie Mandel, 'Mobbed'Howie Mandel returned for another installment of 'Mobbed' (Wed., 9PM ET on FOX) for the holiday. But while the last round saw him helping a reluctant groom propose to his girlfriend, this one tackled a much more somber, heavier relationship situation.

The mob was orchestrated by an estranged father who'd recently separated from his wife, leaving his teen daughter as well. He then proceeded to miss her birthday and prom, and it looks like he basically checked out of her life completely for a while.

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'America's Got Talent' Backstage Report: Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. Wins!

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 15th 2011 7:00AM
Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.Cliché as it sounds, there were only winners on last night's 'America's Got Talent' Season 6 finale.

Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., as judge Howie Mandel accurately predicted on Tuesday's performance show, won the competition and the show's $1 million prize. "I am the great predictor," Mandel quips.

Dance group Silhouettes came in second. Dance group Team iLuminate was third. Rock band POPLYFE came in fourth, but you'd never know it by the jubilation they were feeling after the show. The band members were still ecstatic over getting to perform with the legendary Stevie Wonder, an experience they'll take with them forever.

"I'll take it with me as well," Wonder told AOL TV on the post show press line. "They are a group that is committed to staying together and not letting anyone break them apart. I feel that's how we should be as a nation. I'm excited that they allowed me to be a part of their group."

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'America's Got Talent' Backstage Report: Is Piers Morgan Really a Big Softie?

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 14th 2011 7:00AM
Piers MorganThere were technical difficulties during the performance finale of 'America's Got Talent.' Some backstage doors wouldn't open, which prevented stage hands from removing PopLyfe's set and setting the stage for the Silhouettes.

Producers filled the air time with a pre-taped video segment featuring past auditions while things were corrected. By the time they were, the video segment showing insight into the Silhouettes had to be cut for time.

Those video segments usually feature touching stories about the acts, endearing them to viewers (and voters) in the process.

Will the Silhouettes lose votes and suffer because their segment wasn't shown?

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'America's Got Talent' Backstage Report: What the Four Finalists Need to Do in Order to Win

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 8th 2011 7:00AM
Il Divo on 'AGT'The four acts competing for the $1 million prize in next week's 'America's Got Talent' finals are: Singer Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., music band POPLYFE, and dance groups Silhouette and Team iLuminate.

A few weeks ago people were betting that singer Anna Graceman and dance team Miami All-Stars would have been shoo-ins for the finals, but poor choices they made on Tuesday's performance show led to either a strike or negative comments from the judges, which likely affected votes.

"The Miami All-Stars were still All-Stars, but they lost the 'Miami,'" offers judge Howie Mandel, referring to the group performing more like they were football cheerleaders in their last routine.

Mandel's fellow judge and nemesis Piers Morgan feels that America got it right in selecting the four finalists that they did. "These are the best four we've had," Morgan says. "I'm really pleased."

What should each act do to win next week? Give more of what they've already shown, or step outside the box and do things that they've never done before?

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'America's Got Talent' Backstage Report: Should Piers Morgan's Buzzer Be Silenced?

by Michael Maloney, posted Aug 31st 2011 7:00AM
GymkanaTake it from someone who's sat in the audience at 'America's Got Talent' -- the judges' buzzers sound even louder in person. So when trigger-happy judge Piers Morgan hits that red "X" button performers can understandably become rattled.

Therefore, Morgan striking acrobatic act Gymkana may have caused the performers' concentration to fail, which could have have contributed to one of the team's members catching fire when he jumped through a ring of flames.

Host Nick Cannon informed viewers at home (after a commercial break) that the Gymkana acrobat was okay thanks to his flame-retardant outfit.

Morgan quipped that by striking the act he was trying to end it early, thus potentially saving lives. But fellow judges Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne, as well as Cannon, say they wouldn't mind Morgan's buzzer being disconnected.

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'America's Got Talent' Shocker! West Springfield Dance Team Advances to Finals Over Daniel Joseph Baker

by Michael Maloney, posted Aug 25th 2011 10:50AM
Daniel Joseph BakerWe'll never know if Sharon Osbourne would have voted for West Springfield Dance Team, a team she championed, or singer Daniel Joseph Baker, a young man she supported, on 'America's Got Talent's' results show.

When it came down to the judges voting on which act would advance, Howie Mandel and Piers Morgan voted for the dance team, making Osbourne's decision moot.

With superior dance troupe Miami All-Stars advancing it seemed like West Springfield might not make it.

Why did the judges vote the way they did?

"West Springfield Dance Team has hit a nerve with the trend of what young people are watching," Mandel says. "They also have had no time to put together [a new routine.] All the other [dance] team had three weeks. That's huge. I think it's easier to choose and perform a song than it is to choreograph and create a look."

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'America's Got Talent' Backstage Report: Did Piers Morgan Buzz a Little Girl Because of Nick Cannon's Dare?

by Michael Maloney, posted Aug 11th 2011 7:00AM
Breena Bell The audience at home mostly has the final say on whether or not an act progresses to the next round on 'America's Got Talent,' but a strike ("X") from the judges is still pretty much the kiss of death for a competitor.

None of the six performers/acts from Tuesday night that received a dreaded red buzz from judges Piers Morgan (who gave five) and Howie Mandel (who gave one) are advancing to the semi-finals.

The lucky ones that did advance include dancer Beth Ann Robinson, bicyclist Matt Willheim, circus performers Gymkana and singer Kevin Colis.

Morgan pretty much sealed the fate of agile tumbler Breena Bell when he gave her a strike on Tuesday's show.

Why'd he do it?

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'America's Got Talent' Backstage Report: Piers Morgan Plans to Bring Back Charles Peachock

by Michael Maloney, posted Aug 4th 2011 7:00AM
'AGT' Week 10 ResultsDespite getting strikes from two thirds of the judging team on 'America's Got Talent' juggler Charles Peachock made it into the Top Five on last night's results program.

It came down to Peachock and impressionist Melissa Villasenor for the fourth act of the night that would advance to the next round and, not surprisingly, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel, who'd both given strikes to Peachock on Tuesday's show, stuck to their guns and threw their support to Villasenor.

AOL TV was on the post show press line to speak with the judges, Peachock and other ejected acts to get their reactions to the latest 'AGT' results.

Viewers may not have seen the last of Peachock, however. Piers Morgan shared that he's going to throw his wild card vote to the axed juggler.

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'America's Got Talent' Backstage Report: Will Steven Retchless Change Who He Is?

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 21st 2011 7:00AM
Nick Cannon and Steven RetchlessIt's not a given that there will be a "wild card" episode of 'America's Got Talent' so ejected acts can come back and try again to compete for the $1 million prize, but eliminated magician Landon Swank is reason enough to have one this year.

The judges had to decide tonight between Swank and Smage Bros., the motorcyle stunt team, as to which act would make it through to the semi-finals. After judges Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne split their votes between the acts, it was left to judge Howie Mandel to break the tie -- and he chose the Smage Bros.

"I don't want to be the person responsible for sending someone home," Mandel sighed to AOL TV after the taping. Still, he feels he made the right decision.

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'America's Got Talent' Backstage Report: Why 'Those Funny Little People' Might Go to the Finals

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 13th 2011 7:00AM
Those Funny Little PeopleA dozen of dynamic (and some not so dynamic) acts appeared in the first quarter-finals on 'America's Got Talent' last night. 'Miami All-Stars' is arguably the best dance group that's ever appeared on the show while 'Sandou Trio Russian Bar' performed a death-defying act that served as a memorable show-stopper.

But it's 'Those Funny Little People' that may stand the best chance of advancing to the next round. Why, you ask? The over-sized puppets managed to not only entertain with their homages to 'Singin' in the Rain' and 'It's Raining Men,' but, perhaps more importantly, the group, which was supported by judge Howie Mandel, truly got under the skin of judge Piers Morgan.

And while viewers watch 'AGT' to see the next million-dollar act get discovered they also tune in to watch the bickering between Morgan, Mandel and fellow judge Sharon Osbourne.

AOL TV was on the scene at the show's taping in Hollywood last night and spoke to the judges after the show about the funny big effect that 'Those Funny Little People' have on Morgan.

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Howie Mandel Brings a Friend Who Cost Leno More than $1,300 on a Dinner (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 12th 2011 4:38AM
Howie Mandel, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'Most people are pretty excited to meet celebrities. Not so Howie Mandel's friend on 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC). It might have been a little less nerve-wracking had Mandel not reminded Jay Leno how the two had previously "met."

Mandel's friend was backed into by a woman, who turned out to be Leno's wife. She told him that her husband usually takes care of everything, at which point Leno suddenly remembered the story.

He told the guy, "I'll pay to fix your car. We'll get it done right. Go have a nice dinner on me. Take a date, your girlfriend or whatever."

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On The Scene: Wild Cards Return to 'America's Got Talent'

by Michael Maloney, posted Aug 18th 2010 8:32AM
America's Got TalentIf you were bummed out that dancers Anna and Patryk, rapper CJ Dipper, comic Doogie Horner and others didn't advance to the next round on 'America's Got Talent' then last night's episode was for you! A total of 12 former acts returned to the program and attempted to re-win America's votes.

Each of the show's three judges were allowed to bring back four acts, which likely meant that at least four routines weren't as likely to get a strike from Piers Morgan, who, let's face it, admits that he's wrong as often as Fonzie does.

"He was buzzing every act that wasn't his," Sharon Osbourne said after taping of Morgan's trigger finger. "That's very disrespectful to the artist. Unless I really think they should be buzzed, I won't do it."

Did Howie Mandel give Harmonica Pierre a strike because he was Morgan's candidate?

"I didn't buzz Pierre," clarifies Mandel, who tapped his 'X' button more to send a message to his fellow judge. (The plan was for Osbourne to hit hers, too.) "That was for Piers -- not Pierre. They took it off. As a joke, I thought Sharon would follow me. Then, she threw me under the bus -- on live TV! I hope it didn't throw Pierre."

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On the Scene: 'America's Got Talent' Second Twelve Acts

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 21st 2010 9:25AM
America's Got Talent Forget about replacing Larry King. After the number of times he hit the strike button last night on 'America's Got Talent,' Piers Morgan could take over for Simon Cowell on 'American Idol.'

The strike-happy Morgan got off to an early start rejecting groups when he gave an "X" to Cheer SF, the San Francisco-based cheer leading team. Iron Horse, Strongman, Ronith -- and even a girl in the audience named Lindsay, who sang a Tina Turner song during the commercial break -- also each received an "X" from Piers.

"Piers can suck it!" a friend of Lindsay's said after getting a hold of the warm-up guy's microphone.

"Fair enough," Morgan told TV Squad after taping. "If you dish it out, you've got to take it. That's fine. I like people who come back at me. It's good. It shows strength of character."

(Piers, we'll keeping this in mind when we ask you for a Larry King update, cool?)

As for why all the buzzer action tonight, Morgan says, "I thought it was necessary. A few of the acts looked pretty ridiculous. They were only there because of Howie Mandel. He's the 'Ronith' of judges."

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Sharon Osbourne Threatens to Lick Howie Mandel (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 19th 2010 12:30PM

Sharon Osbourne revealed on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' that she jokingly threatens to lick fellow 'America's Got Talent' judge Howie Mandel as a form of punishment. Mandel is a notorious germaphobe, and recently replaced David Hasselhoff as a judge on the talent show.

Regis Philbin tries to start trouble by suggesting that Osbourne should lick Mandel's head as a "friendly gesture." But little does Philbin know, Osbourne has already considered using her tongue as a weapon against Mandel. "Howie loves to talk. And when he talks and talks, I say, 'Howie, if you don't stop, I'm going to lick you,'" Osbourne said.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Conan Explores His Career Options on 'Deal or No Deal' Parody (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 13th 2010 9:15AM
Conan O'Brien explored his late-night career options during a 'Deal or No Deal' parody with Howie Mandel on last night's 'Tonight Show.'

O'Brien worked his way through a range of steel briefcases in a lightening round of the game show, revealing potential new careers as a "rare albino werewolf' in 'Twilight' and as an Animal Planet host eating bugs off Andy Richter's stomach.

Watch the video after the jump.

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