Talent show judges get a whole lot more Stern
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.