Rumors have been flying about who would replace CNN host Piers Morgan on America’s Got Talent after he announced last week that he was quitting the show due to his busy schedule.
Howard Stern, who is reportedly in talks with NBC for the position, addressed the rumors Monday on his nationally syndicated morning talk show:
“Everyone knows I love ‘America’s Got Talent. I think it’s the greatest and I would be certainly honored to sit with Howie [Mandel] and Sharon [Osbourne] and judge these lunatics. I take show business very seriously. If I was a judge on there, there would be no nonsense whatsoever. I would be there for the talent. I would be there to actually find somebody good I am not the next judge. I have no deal with ‘America’s Got Talent’… I’m not going to comment if I’m in negotiations… I don’t comment on negotiations.”
As expected, the fact that Stern is even considered in the running has upset the Parents Television Council.
“If the rumors are true that NBC is considering the addition of radio shock-jock Howard Stern to the ‘America’s Got Talent’ judges table, the result will be the alienation of tens of millions of advertising dollars,” said PTC president Tim Winter in a statement. “Such a move smacks of desperation by the once-proud peacock network. Any short-term buzz from Stern’s shock value will result in a longer-term decline as families abandon the show for more suitable programming.”
It’s not about desperation — it’s about gaining viewers from an untapped audience. The Howard Stern crowd doesn’t strike me as the type to watch America’s Got Talent. Good be a great opportunity for the “once-proud peacock network.”