NBC has announced that Howard Stern, American radio personality, television host and author, will return as a judge for a second season on the top-rated summer alternative series "America's Got Talent," produced by FremantleMedia North America and Simon Cowell's SYCO Television. Stern will continue to provide his observations on the colorful array of hopeful future stars who are currently auditioning in major cities around the country for the show's upcoming eighth season.
The announcement was made by Paul Telegdy, president, alternative and late night programming, NBC Entertainment.
"Howard Stern's towering presence and opinions on last season's show as a new judge made a dramatic impact and added a sharper edge to the fascinating developments on stage," Telegdy said. "We know that Howard believes in 'America's Got Talent' - which remains America's top-rated summer series - and that dedication comes across in a genuine way to our viewers who share his passion about our amazing talent competition."
Stern helped to transform American radio and put syndicated satellite radio on the map on SiriusXM. As the outspoken, unedited and headline-grabbing host of "The Howard Stern Show" radio program, he was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2005 and became a pop-culture icon with a massive loyal fan base.
The auditions for "America's Got Talent" will continue in Birmingham (Dec. 10), Memphis (Dec. 11), Nashville (Dec. 13), Savannah (Dec. 14), Raleigh (Dec. 15), Norfolk (Dec. 16), San Antonio (Jan. 12 and 13, 2013) and Chicago (Jan. 26 and 27). For all the latest information and to pre-register, visitwww.AGTauditions.com.
The 2012 edition of "America's Got Talent" ranked as the No. 1 summer series on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-49 and total viewers, marking the seventh straight year the show finished as the No. 1 summer series in total viewers.
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