The way Howard Stern keeps going on, you’d think his show is hardcore pornography or something.
Howard Stern is a longtime radio fixture and media personality, but the shock jock is getting another shot at mainstream prominence with his new gig on America’s Got Talent. But Stern’s schtick is like a beacon for censorship groups, who basically just object to the fact that Howard Stern. That’s like, their whole argument.
To be fair to censorship groups (yuck!), Stern is known for pushing the envelope, and since departing terrestrial radio and its stringent guidelines a few years back, he’s been a bit more no-holds-barred on his radio show. However, Stern has been adamant since getting the gig on America’s Got Talent that he does not plan to cross over elements of his radio show to the family-friendly program.
Yesterday, Stern sat down with Matt Lauer and discussed his new gig, promising to be good but joking that whoever at NBC who hired him should “get fired” for the decision. And the controversial DJ has again assured viewers that he intends to behave on the prime-time talent contest, telling reporters in his native New York:
“I respect what America’s Got Talent is. It is a family show, it is not The Howard Stern Show, it is a show that I love. I have been watching it for years and I don’t want to come in and do The Howard Stern Show. I don’t want to interrupt the flow of the show. I only want to make it better… If I try to turn it into The Howard Stern Show, it’s not going to work. People are going to hate it.”
“America’s Got Talent is a perfect fit with me. What I like about America’s Got Talent is, it is true vaudeville.”
Stern also said that he hadn’t been sanctioned by NBC as far as content goes.