Holy moly. Never thought I’d live to see this day come! Last night, “shock jock” Howard Stern appeared for the first time on national primetime broadcast television as a new judge for “America’s Got Talent.” I’ve gotta say, I don’t know if NBC is insane or genius. This could easily backfire for them, as I can count on one hand the amount of times Stern has been fined hundreds of thousands of dollars by the FCC for his foul-mouth or derogatory statements. But on the other hand, it almost guarantees a bigger audience, since I’m sure everyone is just waiting to see–and hear–what Howard Stern is going to do. Surprisingly, the night of his debut, he was reportedly fairly low-key. The Los Angeles Times reports,
“”America, are you ready for the revolution?” “America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon asked, standing on what appeared to be a rocky mountaintop, as the NBC talent show kicked off its seventh season Monday night.
“The show is about to go to a level it has never gone before,” Howie Mandel said in the montage that followed, which included a clip of someone taking a hammer to a concrete block on someone else’s crotch.
Oh, “America’s Got Talent,” you wonder of hyperbole and cheese, you master evoker of the cringe, welcome back!
The “revolution” to which Cannon was referring was presumably the show’s extremely well paid, highly controversial (before he even had a chance to do anything) new judge, Howard Stern.
Of course, the self-dubbed King of All Media is no stranger himself to cheesy hyperbole and making America cringe. But it’s safe to say a lot of people – fans of “America’s Got Talent,” fans of Stern, the parenting group that’s called for an ad boycott – didn’t see how the boundary-pushing radio personality would be suitable for a family-friendly talent show: Would he, metaphorically speaking, take a hammer to “America’s Got Talent’s” delicate parts, they may have wondered?”
To read the rest of the article and see what Stern said and did on his first night, click here.
Howard, Howard, Howard… I hope for the contestants’ sakes, you can behave and not piss anybody off, hurt anyone’s feelings, or cause a riot on the stage. If he behaves like he did last night though, I think that the season will go by, to everyone’s great surprise, without an issue. Has Howard turned over a new leaf? Only time will tell.