Howard Stern is still in the running for the open judge’s job on “America’s Got Talent,” but his demands might be impossible to meet.
The satellite radio shock jock “is in advanced talks” with the NBC summer talent show to assume the judge’s position left vacant by the departing Piers Morgan, reports the New York Post here. But the show will have to move heaven and earth – and itself – if it wants to land Howard, the story said, because Stern is demanding that the show move from L.A. to New York. Stern’s based in the Big Apple and he’s claiming he cannot do his morning radio show for Sirius XM anywhere else.
In addition, there’s another possible dealbreaker: Stern’s asking for $20 million per season. Well, Howard Stern is nothing if not brash, not to mention confident that he can still draw the kind of attention that would justify that kind of payday.
The Post quotes several unnamed sources. “[Producer Simon] Cowell really wants Stern on the judging panel,” said one source. “The talk on the production is that it’s practically a done deal. But Stern is asking for a huge fee, and he can’t travel because of his radio show. He wants the show to move to New York.”
Said another, “Moving it to New York would mean over 100 people losing their jobs if they don’t move with the show, and inconvenience for [judges] Howie [Mandel] and Sharon [Osbourne], who wants to spend more time with her husband, Ozzy. Another idea would be for the show to stay in L.A. and Howard to be a part-time judge.”
And still a third source in the story insisted that “Sharon and Howie are enthusiastic about moving to New York.”
There was no comment from the “AGT” production office or NBC in the Post story. Nor were there any statements from Stern on Wednesday morning; his radio show is apparently in repeats for Thanksgiving week.
Meanwhile, Mandel commented on the Stern story Tuesday night on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” “Wouldn’t that be great?” Mandel said when Fallon raised the subject. “I don’t know if it’s anything beyond a rumor,” he said of Stern, “but I hope it’s true and, Howard, if you’re watching, take the deal, because I think it would so exciting to work with him. I think that he would be the consummate judge and I would love to spend my summer on a panel with him.”