Sirius/XM radio shock jock Howard Stern has been handed the judge job on NBC’s hit reality television show “America's Got Talent.”
Following weeks of speculation, NBC has announced that the controversial satellite radio host will replace CNN host Piers Morgan as a judge on the show’s panel. Stern will continue to host his daily radio program.
Stern shared the news Thursday morning on his Sirius/XM radio show.
“I'm going to be Piers [Morgan] on steroids,” Stern told his audience. “I'm going to be a no-nonsense judge. I'm going to go there as a serious judge. I am very excited.”
In order to accommodate the self-proclaimed King of All Media’s radio schedule, the production of the live episodes of the television show will move from Los Angeles to New York. Taping of auditions for the show’s seventh season will begin in February 2012.
“America's Got Talent” was created by “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell, and Stern had reportedly been Cowell's pick to join “Talent’s” judging panel.
“Howard Stern's larger-than-life personality will bring a thrilling new dynamic to ‘America's Got Talent’ starting this summer,” NBC alternative programming chief Paul Telegdy said in a statement. “He's a proven innovator and his track record in broadcasting is truly remarkable. Howard is very passionate about this show and is fully committed to its future success.”
Stern's former broadcast radio show holds the record for having had the largest amount levied by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
The FCC issued fines totaling $2.5 million to station licensees for having broadcast allegedly indecent material.
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