Got talent? Howard Stern will be the judge of that
At first he was playing coy, and you got the impression this would turn out like those American Idol rumors, or his infamous ploy to run for governor of New York.
Howard Stern's certainly talked a lot about American Idol money, chatting up the millions Steven Tyler's made from the show, and he would clearly would love a piece of that action.
Of course there were reports of Stern being "in talks" for some time, but who knew if this was for real, or a rumor that just got repeated a million times on the internet.
Then on the show, long-time Stern agent Don Buchwald brought in the contracts for America's Got Talent, and Howard signed them on the air making it official, taking the place of Piers Morgan on the show.
Of course controversy should be expected, even if Howard turns on the charm like he did with the movie Private Parts, which surprised many by not being a raunch fest. And don't forget, he was on TV for several years with the Channel 9 show (on Channel 13 in L.A.), and it certainly was raunchy, but it didn't upend the republic.
As the Hollywood Reporter notes, the Parents Television Council has already hammered NBC for bringing Howard aboard, saying it was "an act of desperation for a failing network."
Stern's response? "Networks shudder for people like this," he told Morgan. "I guess they get their printer out and they make a letterhead and they start to complain that I'm some sort of weird pervert who is going to convert Americans into some kind of zombie sex fiends. What I can assure you and the rest of America is what I'm looking at here is to be a very good judge. I take it seriously. Whatever you think of me, I will give you an honest opinion."
That he will. On Access Hollywood, Simon Cowell also weighed in, telling the show, "I like him." According to this report, Stern wanted $20 million to do the show, which I believe is more than Tyler makes on American Idol, and Cowell added, "I'm sure he does [want $20 million]. Who doesn't?"
Of course, Cowell's not writing that check, but as far as the show possibly moving to New York to accommodate Stern, Cowell added, "I like change. Whatever's right for the show, we'll do."