Shock jock Howard Stern said he was "downright compassionate" at times during the first auditions for the NBC competition show "America’s Got Talent,” which were held in Los Angeles, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker blog.
"You don’t want to be a stereotype as a judge," Stern said, according to the story. "You don’t want to be, ‘Oh, you’re replacing Piers; you’ve got to be the mean guy, or you’ve got to be the guy that always hits the buzzer.’ I have no preconceived notion, and I’ve got news for you: If you go in there and watch this taping, it is insane."
Stern’s role on the show has sparked objections from the Parents Television Council, with the group raising concerns because of Stern’s use of profanity on his radio show.
Stern said he had some bite during the auditions, however. "I buzzed a 9-year-old kid. The kid was adorable, but I did it — man, you’ve got to do it. I said, ‘Look, you’re cute, you’re adorable, but, goodness gracious, you don’t belong on "America’s Got Talent," ‘ “ Stern said, according to the piece.