“America’s Got Talent,” in it’s seventh season, had its premiere Tuesday night, and Siruis star Howard Stern made his debut as the hit show’s new judge. Stern joins fellow judges Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel in evaluating some of the best (and not-so-great) talent in the country.
Howard Stern, who replaces judge Piers Morgan, has been a huge fan of “America’s Got Talent,” and for months has been talking up his new judge position on his SiriusXM satellite radio program, “The Howard Stern Show.” Despite Stern’s reputation for vulgarity and non-kid-friendly persona, during Tuesday night’s debut, he went out of his way to praise great acts he felt were part of what truly makes America great. “This is going to sound all sappy,” Stern said after one group performed, “but we are the greatest country in the world. We have the most creative people.”
The Parents Television Council objected to Stern’s judgeship, saying: “Programs like AGT have offered millions of American families a brief respite from the otherwise-ubiquitous stream of violent, profane and sexually-explicit content on primetime broadcast television. … NBC’s decision to add Mr. Stern to AGT will likely result in a sharp increase in explicit content, and we urge you to be mindful when considering a media buy. Stern’s reputation for sleaze and misogyny is well known.”
Stern responded by saying: “I really feel a responsibility to the people who love this show already. In no way do I want to get in the way of it. I want to broaden it and make it better.” He added that his critics “are entitled to their opinion. They just sound awfully foolish when they haven’t seen the show.”
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