Howard Stern

NBC Confirms Howard Stern’s Return To America’s Got Talent.

Howard Stern will be back on America’s Got Talent for another season and another big ass check!  Things got a little shaky back in August when Stern got his hand slapped by NBC for calling Jay Leno a “spineless maggot” on his radio show.

However, after the incident, Stern made two things clear:

  1. That he wanted to come back to the show and continue judging.
  2. He doesn’t answer to anyone – that’s why they should keep him as a judge.

Stern said,

I don’t answer to anybody, Everybody knows that. That’s part of the game. And that’s why I’m a great f—ing judge. I will tell people if they suck.”

NBC’s president of alternative and late night programming, Paul Telegdy released a statement,

“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.  We know that Howard believes in ‘America’s Got Talent’ — which remains America’s top-rated summer series — and that dedication comes across in a genuine way to our viewers, who share his passion about our amazing talent competition.”

While NBC was quick to announce Howard’s return, they have not mentioned anything about Nick Cannon or Howie Mandel.  Howie is said to be on the fence about doing another season, all signs are there for Cannon to return.

Sharon is not expected to come back at all.  She announced it loud and clear this summer as she accused NBC of discriminating against her son Jack by not letting him on the show “Stars Earn Stripes” because Jack has Multiple sclerosis.  NBC has repeatedly denied these allegations.

Auditions for the new season of America’s Got Talent have started already in preparation for the summer premiere.

No confirmation on how much Stern is making this season to judge the show, but we know last season NBC cut him a check somewhere between $15 and $20 million large.  That might have something to do with him being eager to return.