Howard Stern has reportedly signed on for another year with the popular television series America’s Got Talent, according to the New York Times.
For a while it was unclear if the shock jock would return for another year on the televised talent show. However, NBC has put speculation to rest by announcing that Stern will return for at least one more season.
Although Howard didn’t prove the large boost in ratings the network was hoping for, executives explained that the addition of Stern ultimately kept the series afloat. This may explain why NBC was interested in getting him back for another go-around.
Deadline reports that some celebrities have openly criticized Stern’s involvement with such a mainstream program. Kid Rock and other critics have slammed the controversial disc jockey for essentially “selling out” by signing on for America’s Got Talent.
Despite the backlash Stern received when he first agreed to take part in the TV show, the shock jock is returning for yet another season. If these criticisms ruffled his feathers, then it really isn’t affecting his decision to return.
According to Newsday, Stern seems quite excited about his deal with America’s Got Talent.
“I’m very, very excited, honestly, about going back to America’s Got Talent,” he explained. “”I’m very excited to be working again with [executive producer] Simon Cowell and NBC and all the various folks who work there.”
“I think that’s great, because I certainly enjoy you on the show,” said Stern’s partner in crime Robin Quivers.
As of this writing, it’s unclear who will replace Sharon Osbourne next season. Since she has been extremely vocal about not returning, chances are the network will have to find someone to take her place.
“Howard Stern Returning to ‘America’s Got Talent’. I want to be a judge with him. We would tear it up,” said Today Show veteran Al Roker.
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