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Howard Stern Leaving ‘America’s Got Talent’ — Judge Confirms In Interview

Wed, June 24, 2015 4:33pm EDT by 10 Comments
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Wow, this is major! After having served as a judge for four seasons, Howard Stern will be stepping down from ‘America’s Got Talent’ at the end of the current season.

Howard Stern, who has served as the judge to impress on America’s Got Talent since 2012, said on his radio show on June 24 that this current season will be his last. The long running talent competition is currently in the midst of its tenth season on NBC. Howard, 61, had previously relocated the show from Los Angeles to his home base in New York City in order for him to continue to do his iconic radio show while simultaneously judging.

“I’m going through my own career evaluation right now,” Howard said on his Sirius radio show. “In all seriousness, I’ve told you, I’m just too f–king busy…something’s got to give… NBC’s already asked me what my intentions are for next year, whether or not I’d come back, I kind of have told them I think this is my last season. Not I think, this is my last season.”

However, it sounds like Howard probably won’t be staying away from television for too long. “I have been made an offer in television that excites me,” he said. “Excites me to no end. I think it would be a great opportunity, but I can’t do America’s Got Talent, the radio show and this television opportunity.”

So, who will replace the foul-mouthed legend? Well, there are apparently already some prospects! “I’ve been on there for four years,” Howard said. “It’s been fun. This year is the 10th anniversary, I think that’s enough… And Simon Cowell wants it anyway…I know what’s going on behind the scenes. I have friends at Sony, and he would be good at it.”

Are you sad to see Howard exit America’s Got Talent? What do you think of the idea of Simon as a judge?

— Casey Mink