Howard Stern is often praised for his tell-it-like-it-is style. Not just on the radio, where he’s taken his penchant for letting thoughts fly to lucrative extremes, but also in his role as the most sober judge on America’s Got Talent. Stern’s the one who starts out saying, “You know, I like you but…” and then proceeds to explain exactly why an act doesn’t quite measure up.
Stern’s a guy who’s been judged all his life — especially early in his career — and he admits delivering the medicine isn’t easy. It still takes character to hit the truth button even after all these years. Talking to fellow truth-teller Ellen DeGeneres in a long, wide-ranging interview on The Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM, Stern was sympathetic when DeGeneres confessed to disliking her single season as a judge on American Idol. DeGeneres loved being a fan of the show, but it turned out she hated judging. Stern joined the sentiment: “I found this too, when I started doing America’s Got Talent. You think it’s going to be easy to tell someone honestly what you think.”