Howard Stern AGT

December 16, 2011 by staff 

Howard Stern AGT, The King of All Media will soon become the judge of all talent. Iconic radio host Howard Stern today confirmed rumors he will be replacing Piers Morgan as a judge on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” adding an unpredictable element to the popular summertime talent show.

Stern, who’s been a fixture on Sirius Satellite Radio since 2005, will join fellow judges Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel, along with host Nick Cannon, in time for the show’s seventh season.

But in replacing Morgan, can Stern, 57, effectively muzzle his typically outrageous public persona while providing constructiveanlysis on a network television show? And will his polarizing presence damage the brand of one of television’s most bankable programs?

“Howard Stern has the potential to be hilarious and completely change the show up,” said Robert Thompson, a professor of television and popular culture at Syracuse University. “But (his presence) is going to change the chemistry of a show that didn’t need chemical change.”

If the past six years are any gauge, the show will likely continue to generate huge ratings. September’s season finale amassed a whopping 14.3 million viewers in its Wednesday time slot, earning an impressive 10 share among the coveted 18-49 demographic, capping a summer-long dominance over other competing network shows.

And although the program won’t benefit from piggybacking off “The Voice” next year — the new smash hit singing competition has been bumped up to the spring to compete with “American Idol” — as long as NBC plants AGT in the summer, it’s difficult to see its ratings supremacy being genuinely threatened.

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