Howard Stern returning to ‘America’s Got Talent’ for second season

By Daniel S Levine,

Radio shock jock Howard Stern will continue to give viewers a look at the more family-friendly side of his personality as a judge on America’s Got Talent. Stern and NBC announced Monday that he will be back for a second season of the talent competition.

Paul Telegdy, NBC’s president of Alternative and Late Night Programming, made the announcement. “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,” he said. “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.”

AGT typically draws strong ratings for the network during the summer, averaging more viewers than any other summer series on the four major networks this past season, NBC said.

The show’s seventh season is the last for Sharon Osbourne, who confirmed in August that she will not return. She had a dispute with NBC over the summer surrounding her son Jack’s attempt to join Stars Earn Stripes, accusing the network of discrimination.

While Osbourne will not be back, NBC confirmed last week that host Nick Cannon will return.

The winner of AGT’s seventh season was the Olate Dogs act. It was the first time a singer didn’t win the competition.

Stern currently hosts The Howard Stern Show for SiriusXM.

image: NBC

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