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Howard Stern, the King of All Media, to Return to America’s Got Talent This Week
With Howard Stern taping for America's Got Talent (AGT) this upcoming week in New Orleans, devoted fans and the like are excited to see him in the judge's chair once again. Joining Howard on the judge's podium will be veteran judge Howie Mandel and new judges Mel B (formerly of the Spice Girls) and Heidi Klum.
When it came to Howard Stern, I was something of a casual listener from when he was on terrestrial radio. Now that he's come to Satellite I've become a devoted one, even listening throughout my work day catching the entire 4-hour show through my SiriusXM app on my phone. I even attended Ronnie's Block Party, hosted by one of Howard's staffers. You may know him better as Ronnie the Limo Driver, Howard's driver for 26+ years and now head of security for the show. He has now made a name for himself at this national touring comedy show.
Howards' persona has always been something of a mystery to those that aren't dedicated listeners. Many assume that Howard is sexist, bias and vulgar. He even has his street team interview walker-bys asking if they'd rather sleep with Howard or Hitler, with 90% naming Hitler as a potential lover. This, and more, could not be farther from the truth and this really shines through with him as an AGT host.
As a fan, it's a thrill to see people outside the Howard100 realm enjoying Stern's humor, clever anecdotes and honesty. You won't find a more real celebrity than Howard Stern. This comes from him pouring his heart out on his Sirius show, sharing the most intimate details about his life. However, it's nothing if not endearing. Along with his masturbation schedule you get a true feel for his closeness to his parents, his devotion to his wife of 5 years and his dedication to the ones that surround him at his radio station.
Now with Mel B (or Scary Spice) and Heidi Klum joining America's Got Talent, it should make for an interesting dynamic. There's no doubt about it, Howard has an ego and is stubborn about his views but at least he's honest. This is what makes him a great judge. He also has a true love for what America's Got Talent does. Creating a venue where talent that wouldn't necessarily be found because it may not fit into a specific category, can showcase to a hugely large audience. This is similar to Howard's wack packers, a group of misfits who wouldn't be able to tell their stories in any other venue besides Howard's studio.
Auditions start in New Orleans next week and America's Got Talent will be airing on May 28th on NBC.