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Howard Stern will return for more 'America's Got Talent'

The King of All Media isn’t moving from his current primetime throne — for at least another season, anyway.

A source confirms to EW that shock jock Howard Stern will return for a third season of NBC’s America’s Got Talent in 2014. Stern himself first broke the news on his “Howard 100″ Sirius radio show, announcing, “After a lot of thought…and I say this with peace and love…I am going back to America’s Got Talent.”

Stern is the second AGT personality to sign on for the show’s ninth season. On Nov. 11, Nick Cannon confirmed on NBC’s Today that he will return as AGT‘s host, a role he’s filled since the talent competition’s fourth season in 2009. Season 8’s judging panel included Stern, Howie Mandel (a judge since 2010), and Heidi Klum and ex-Spice Girl Melanie Brown, both of whom joined the series last year.

Howard Stern to return as judge on 'America's Got Talent'

The King of All Media has made it through to the second round.

NBC announced today that the shock jock will return next year for another tour of duty on America’s Got Talent. Stern joined the show this past summer, taking a seat beside fellow judges Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel.

“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.” NBC’s president of alternative and late night programming Paul Telegdy said in a statement. READ FULL STORY

See Jimmy Kimmel administer a lie detector test to kids; plus the opening for his Brooklyn shows -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Hurricane Sandy may have prevented Jimmy Kimmel Live! from staging its first show from the Brooklyn Academy of Music last night, but tonight Kimmel will bring some comic relief to his birthplace and beyond. His week of shows in the storied NYC borough kicks off at midnight with guest Howard Stern. (Jimmy’s late-night idol, David Letterman, graces the show on Wednesday.) READ FULL STORY

Howard Stern to NBC: I will talk about Jay Leno if you tell me not to

Howard Stern’s comments about the budget cuts at Jay Leno’s The Tonight Show may have earned him a talking-to, but the shock jock isn’t backing down.

“I did hear from [NBC]. I got a threatening kinda comment from one of the executives,” Stern said on his radio show last week.

According to reports, Stern recently took to his radio show and claimed that reports of Jay Leno taking a pay cut to limit staff reductions was not the entire truth. “Jay wanted to cut staff. He’s embarrassed to do it. He didn’t want to come off as a bad guy. NBC took the hit for him, because they’re a corporation…My bullsh-t meter is going off all over the place,” he had said.

Meanwhile, Stern, who admitted that he’s had a feud with Leno “for years,” maintains he has the right to say as he wishes on his Sirius XM program. “I said, ‘Do not ask me not to talk about Jay Leno. I will f–king talk about Jay for four hours if you tell me not to. I was done with Jay. Now I’m all fired up again. F–k Jay. Take my job away from me. Who cares?”

It wasn’t all volcanic fire being spewed, however. Stern assured listeners that he enjoys his gig as a judge on America’s Got Talent, a position he’s had for less than a year. But he asked the network to not “tell me what to say.” He added: “I’m sure it was a joke, actually. No one in their right mind would tell me not to talk about something.”

Listen to the expletive-ridden segment below: READ FULL STORY

'America's Got Talent' ratings lower despite Howard Stern


Surprise: NBC’s America’s Got Talent premiered lower in the ratings this year despite the high-profile addition of Howard Stern as the show’s new judge.

Monday’s two-hour Got Talent returned to 10.3 million viewers and a 3.6 rating, down 16 percent from last year. EW’s Ken Tucker suggested Stern’s performance was almost too nice.

Before everybody points fingers at Stern, however, here’s a big mitigating factor: Last year Got Talent premiered at the very end of May and was paired with The Voice. This year, Got Talent faced a full boat of competition from rival networks, so the talent competition might have returned lower in the ratings due to the scheduling change. NBC points out last night’s rating matches Got Talent‘s performance two years ago. At 10 p.m., NBC’s Smash (6.1 million, 1.8) finale was steady. [NBC, ABC and Fox’s 2012-13 fall schedules posted here]. READ FULL STORY

Nine things we learned from Howard Stern's 'America's Got Talent' press conference

There’s no rest for the wicked. Howard Stern has spent the past 24 hours on a whirlwind tour around New York City — Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Today, The View, and, finally, Manhattan’s Friars Club, a comedy institution that hosted a press conference for Stern this afternoon.

After a glowing introduction from NBC exec Paul Telegdy, “Hail to the Chief” heralded Stern’s arrival. And though Stern had been talking up his stint on America’s Got Talent for an entire day, he still had energy to spare — as well as anecdotes about his move to network TV. Here’s the best of what EW learned at the event:


PTC targets 'America's Got Talent' advertisers over Howard Stern

PTC’s new target: Howard Stern on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

The Parents Television Council is making good on its threat to go after the show, sending a warning letter to 91 of the Got Talent‘s former advertisers (on the assumption that these companies likely represent many of the advertisers on board for the upcoming season).

“Stern’s reputation for sleaze and misogyny is well known; and to our knowledge his only previous judging experience consisted of looking at insecure, naked young women and telling them whether or not they were hot enough to pose for Playboy,” the PTC wrote in its letter. “He once told a female guest, ‘I would like to kiss you and chop off your feet…I wanna bite off your fingers…I wanna have sex with you and throw you in a ditch…[and] chop your head off.’ Does such commentary accurately reflect your corporate values?” READ FULL STORY

First look: Howard Stern on 'America's Got Talent' -- VIDEO

You’ve heard all about Howard Stern coming to NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Well here’s your first video showing exactly what the infamous radio host is like as a judge.

Below, Stern (after a grand introduction) rips and praises several contestants in a four-minute preview of summer’s most-watched TV show.

“I haven’t seen anything like that ever — and I hope I never do again,” Stern tells one act.

America’s Got Talent returns Monday, May 14 at 8 p.m. Here’s your first look. READ FULL STORY

Howard Stern 'compassionate' on 'America's Got Talent' (but he did make a child cry)

Howie Mandel promises that viewers will see a whole new side of Howard Stern on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

At the network’s summer press event in Pasadena, the Got Talent judge said everybody involved with the hit reality competition series has been “surprised” by the radio host’s dedication to finding a new talent. “I was fascinated with how polarizing the reactions have been [to Stern’s hire],” Mandel told reporters Wednesday. “He’s so passionate about finding a star… he’s compassionate, he’s also emotional … he’s serious … he has good constructive criticism.”

Mandel then told an anecdote about Stern judging a 7-year-old “adorable child” who auditioned as a rapper. “The kid didn’t have talent beyond being adorable,” Mandel recalled. “Howard, being who he is, [quickly] hit his buzzer. The reaction to this was heartbreaking. [The child] heaved and collapsed in tears. Howard turned to me, like, ‘Oh my god, this is not what I signed up for.’ Howard got right up, and got right up on stage, and he held the child and consoled him, saying ‘I’m so sorry.'”

“Everyone thinks he’s going to come in really outrageous,” added fellow judge Sharon Osbourne. “He comes to us with great experience, especially about music.”

Executive producer Jason Raff noted that Stern, who’s helped boost attendance at the show’s tapings, was shocked when studio audiences booed him after making unpopular decisions. “Howard is used to his quiet radio studio,” he said. Stern makes his Got Talent debut when the series returns Monday, May 14.

Read more:
Howard Stern’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ Super Bowl promo
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