TVLine Items: Howard Stern's Got Talent? Plus Kevin Alejandro Plots a Breakout Gig and More!

Out with the old, in with the shock jock?

America’s Got Talent is said to be zeroing in on outspoken radio personality Howard Stern as a replacement for departing judge Piers Morgan, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Morgan announced his AGT exit on Wednesday’s edition of Piers Morgan Tonight, stating, “I’m leaving America’s Got Talent after 6 wonderful years. Turned out that juggling’s harder than it looks…”

Talent’s seventh season is slated to debut in 2012, with or without rumored replacement Stern.

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Comments (17)

  • Howard Stern??? No way will we watch if he is a “judge”

    Comment by Rebecca – November 10, 2011 01:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Howard will bring life into the show, while being funny and actually a good judge. Plus he’s a fan of the show already. Perfect choice, NBC>

    Comment by Jason – November 10, 2011 01:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • America’s Got Talent is going to air in early 2012 or start filming then?

    Comment by Mark – November 10, 2011 01:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Pretty sure the show doesn’t start until summer 2012 so auditions only probably.

      Comment by Clarissa – November 10, 2011 01:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay for Anderson! Haven’t been keeping up with his ratings, but I remember them not being too good at the beginning.

    Also, Howard Stern >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Piers Morgan

    Comment by Clarissa – November 10, 2011 01:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No way Howard would be able to make the schedule for that. He records a radio show in NY 3 days a week.

    Comment by Mike Russo – November 10, 2011 01:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Howard is done by 11 a.m. on Wednesday, then he has off until Monday morning at 6 a.m. Plenty of time to do “AGT” either in LA or in NYC if the network moves it (just one of the rumors going around). I’m not a big fan of “AGT” but if Howard is a judge I’ll be watching!

      Comment by dan – November 10, 2011 01:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Howard rumors pop up whenever someone leaves a show, isn’t that right, Simon Cowell. No truth to it. Someone started a pointless rumor.

    Comment by Toronto – November 10, 2011 02:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That “Pretty Little Liars” spoof by Miss Piggy is priceless! :D

    Comment by Lambsilencer – November 10, 2011 02:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If Howard Stern is selected as judge not only will I not watch but I bet a lot of other won’t either he is an arogent awhole.

    Comment by Brad – November 10, 2011 04:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Howard Stern?! That’s revolting. AGT has a nice family-friendly vibe to it, I don’t think Stern fits into that at all.

    What about that Anne woman from Weakest Link. She’d be a good replacement.

    Comment by pv – November 10, 2011 04:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ugh. I will not watch this show if Howard Stern becomes a part of it — can’t stand him. I agree with the poster that said this show has a fun, family vibe to it, and they will lose a lot of viewers with Stern.

    Comment by blingedup.susan – November 10, 2011 07:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Comment by hhhhhhh – November 10, 2011 08:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ha Ha! Does Kevin Alejandro die in EVERY series he is cast in?

    Comment by lukesilence – November 11, 2011 09:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think Howard Stern would be perfect for this. Most people don’t seem to know this, but Howard is actually a really smart, caring guy and I think he would be a great addition. The reason he’s always rumored to be on these shows is because he’s a huge fan of them. He says all the time that he and his wife watch DWTS, AGT and AI almost religiously, and I’m sure he would love to be part of any of them. The only reason I don’t think it’ll happen is because he hates to travel and I doubt they’ll move the show to NY just to get Howard.

    Comment by Marissa – November 11, 2011 09:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Howard Stern? Bleckckckckckckckck. Count me out. <>

    Comment by Doggy – November 11, 2011 08:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • After his latest radio business in the Tampa area a judge would be a great change of pace

    Comment by thom e. gemcity – May 1, 2012 10:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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