Controversial radio host says he won't turn 'America's Got Talent' into another 'Howard Stern Show'

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POSTED: Friday, May 11, 2012 - 5:15pm

UPDATED: Friday, May 11, 2012 - 5:19pm

"The Voice" may be over, but NBC's summer talent search returns this Monday with "America's Got Talent".

The buzz around the show is heightened this season because one of the show's judges, Piers Morgan, is gone and in his place, radio shock jock Howard Stern.

Stern and controversy go hand-in-hand.

The self proclaimed "King of All Media" hosts a long-running radio show well known for its adult language and content.

He promises "America's Got Talent" will be different.

"I didn't want to come into this process and turn it into the "Howard Stern Show".
Fans of the show would be angry I would think. I would be angry if someone tried to do that," he says.

The Parents Television Council is already concerned, urging the show's advertisers to be on the lookout for a "sharp increase in explicit content".

"The risk NBC takes is, will national advertisers feel comfortable putting their commercials in a show with Howard Stern?" says TV Guide business editor Stephen Battaglio. "He knows the rules of broadcast television. But there is a preconceived notion of what he does. And that may keep people from tuning in at all."

Fellow judge Howie Mandel says "shock jock" is just one element of Stern's personality.

"I think you're going to see sides of him you haven't seen before. He absolutely is compassionate and emotional, also edgy and honest, but all of those factor into being a really good judge," Mandel says.

Stern says he's ready to prove his worth to the show's fans.

"I think they'll see somebody who's a lot more reasonable than they imagined," he predicts.

It'll be a season where Stern may be judged as much as any contestant.

To accommodate Stern joining the show, NBC agreed to move "America's Got Talent" live episodes, which will begin in July, from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey.

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