Howard Stern said last year that he did a lot of soul searching before agreeing to do Season 10 of the popular talent competition America’s Got Talent. But he ultimately signed on and his praise for the show has been through the roof, with Stern calling AGT the “best show on television.” The live playoff round performances at Radio City Music Hall have even seen Stern up out of his seat giving standing ovations (a rarity) and professing that at least one performer on the show “makes me want to love.”
Stern has announced he won’t be back for AGT Season 11, but he’s said things like that before. Some media business pros believe Stern announced his AGT departure to appear more focused on his radio juggernaut, with his SiriusXM contract expiring this year and new negotiations taking place now. But with AGT now renewed for Season 11, insiders think Stern could benefit in his SiriusXM negotiations by keeping his AGT judging chair — and the big national TV platform it gives him, reaching those beyond his regular radio listeners. Last year Stern said: “I decided that a life without AGT is not worth living. America needs a caring, compassionate and wise judge, and who am I to deny the people what they want? It would be selfish of me to walk away.” This year it might be just be stupid.