Tal­ent show judges get a whole lot more Stern

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HOWARD Stern will join the judges’ panel on Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent, and the tal­ent show will up­root it­self from Los An­ge­les to ac­com­mo­date the New York-based shock jock. NBC con­firmed weeks-old ru­mours of Stern’s se­lec­tion to join fel­low AGT judges Howie Man­del and Sharon Os­bourne. Nick Can­non re­mains as host. Stern (pic­tured), whose daily ra­dio show airs on Sir­ius XM, is re­plac­ing Piers Mor­gan, who left AGT to launch a week­night in­ter­view pro­gram on CNN. Watch­dog the Par­ents Tele­vi­sion Coun­cil has wasted no time con­demn­ing NBC’S choice. Pres­i­dent Tim Win­ter called hir­ing Stern ‘‘an act of des­per­a­tion for a flail­ing net­work’’, and slammed Stern as ‘‘a per­former who is syn­ony­mous with shock, pro­fan­ity and ob­scen­ity’’. Tal­ent bills it­self as TV’S only such com­pe­ti­tion show that is open to any age and any tal­ent. Au­di­tions for sea­son seven be­gan in Oc­to­ber in ma­jor US cities. With Stern aboard, pro­duc­tion of the show will re­lo­cate to New York.

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