Howard Stern to Judge 'America's Got Talent,' Claims He's Making 'Over $20 Million'
Update: TMZ is reporting that when one of their reporters asked Howard Stern if he was making a reported $20 million to work on "America's Got Talent," he laughed and asked "Do I work for that little?" So exactly how much did Stern make in the deal? We'll let you know when we know. See a video of the exchange below.
Original Story: If you thought Steven Tyler was a little creepy and inappropriate on "American Idol," just wait 'til you get a load of "America's Got Talent." America's most popular shock jock Howard Stern, a man who has made a persistent and willful lewdness his calling card, is officially going to be judging one of NBC's biggest family shows.
“Howard Stern’s larger-than-life personality will bring a thrilling new dynamic to ‘America's Got Talent’ starting this summer,” NBC's President of Alternative and Late Night Programming Paul Telegdy told Reuters.
“He's a proven innovator and his track record in broadcasting is truly remarkable. Howard is very passionate about this show and is fully committed to its future success," said Telegdy.
Stern replaces popular host Piers Morgan, who currently has his hands full with his highly rated CNN talk show.
For his part, Stern, who reportedly signed the contract on air during his Sirius XM show, is planning on handling the judging part as professionally as he can. Or so he claims, anyways.
"I'm take judging very seriously," said Stern, and by the way he describes the relative worth of the bodies strippers who regularly visit his show, we'll take him at his word.
We're going to have to make a prediction on this one.
When active grassroots organizations like the Parent's Television Council and other religious-based groups catch wind of this, NBC will quickly feel the pressure of threatened advertiser boycotts. It will only take those groups posting a few of Howard's more captivating moments online for the letter-writing campaigns and emails to start flying.
Specifically given the PTC's effectiveness at diminishing prospects for MTV's "Skins" and NBC's "The Playboy Club" we're guessing that any such protests are likely to have a serious negative impact on ad revenue for NBC for the show.
Of course, given the ratings power of Stern, and the fact that he's basically been out of primetime for a while, that may be a calculated risk the network is willing to take. Make no mistake, Stern will draw attention to "America's Got Talent," or basically anything else he touches.
Will that be enough to balance out the outrage?