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It’s Official: Howard Stern Signs Contract to Be a Judge on ‘America’s Got Talent’ [VIDEO]

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Last week NBC confirmed that Howard Stern will be a judge on America’s Got Talentnext season.  He’s taking over for Piers Morgan, who recently announced that he was quitting the show to focus on his work at CNN. The day following the announcement from NBC, Stern signed the contract live on his radio show.

Naturally, this won’t affect Stern’s radio show.  In fact, “America’s Got Talent” will move their live shows from Los Angeles to New York City to accommodate him.

Stern says he’ll be much tougher on the contestants than returning judges Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel.  On his radio show yesterday, he said he made this clear to the producers beforehand.

Stern said,

“I told them that the show has a little too much nonsense.  First of all, when these very young children come on, I’m going to want to talk to these mothers who march them out there.

You know, they’ve got to be prepared to lose and they’ve got to be prepared to hear the truth.  Don’t call me a scumbag because I’m going to tell your kid he has no talent.  I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but feelings are going to get hurt.”

He added,

“I’m going to be Piers [Morgan] on steroids.”

By the way, Piers is happy that Stern is taking his seat.  He Tweeted,

“Congrats to Howard Stern on landing my ‘America’s Got Talent’ judging gig.  He’ll be outrageous, hilarious, dangerous and brilliant.  Can’t wait.”

It’s interesting that Piers chose to call Howard “dangerous.”  Earlier this year, Larry King accused Piers of not being dangerous enough when he was taking over his CNN timeslot.

Here’s video of Howard announcing the news on his show yesterday.  He actually signed the contract on the air.

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