NBC announced today that Howard Stern has joined the judges panel on “America’s Got Talent,” which will move production of live shows to New York.
Stern will continue to host his New York-based SiriusXM radio show.
Announcing the move was Paul Telegdy, president of alternative and late-night programming for NBC.
Stern replaces judge Piers Morgan, who has left the show.
Said Telegdy: “Howard Stern’s larger-than-life personality will bring a thrilling new dynamic to ‘America’s Got Talent’ starting this summer. He’s a proven innovator and his track record in broadcasting is truly remarkable. Howard is very passionate about this show and is fully committed to its future success.”
The show was the top-rated non-sports program in total viewers among the four major broadcast networks in summer 2011, NBC reported, marking the sixth year in the row that the show accomplished that feat. Its summer 2011 run was its highest-rated cycle ever, according to the network.
“America’s Got Talent” is produced by FremantleMedia North America and Simon Cowell’s SYCO Television.