Howard Stern is yet to be officially announced as the new judge on "America's Got Talent", but rumors of his involvement have provoked criticism from the Parents Television Council. According to the group's president Tim Winter, the 57-year-old presenter is not appropriate for the family-friendly show.
"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," Winter predicted. "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."
"Bringing Stern to a program like 'America's Got Talent' is decidedly a bad business decision," Winter added. He went on advising the network not to hire Stern as saying, "We hope the programming executives at NBC realize it before Stern has an opportunity to sucker-punch families who tune in for a talent show."
Winter additionally reminded that 25 years ago, NBC's legendary network president Grant Tinker fired Stern "not because he wasn't funny but because he was disgusting." At that time, the radio personality worked for WNBC, the network's flagship New York radio station.
Stern's name popped out as the possible replacement of Piers Morgan just a day after the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host announced his resignation. The shock-jock himself recently refused to deny or confirm that he is in negotiations for the hosting gig.
"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," Stern said on his SiriusXM Radio show on Monday morning, November 14. He, however, admitted that he would be honored to work together with other "AGT" judges, Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne.
Howard Stern addresses "America's Got Talent" judging rumors: