Stern Plans To 'Pull No Punches' On America's Got Talent
Parents Television Council Dislikes The Hire
December 16, 2011 at 3:45 AM (PT)
As ALL ACCESS reported YESTERDAY (NET NEWS 12/15), HOWARD STERN confirmed on his show that he was signing a contract to be a judge on "America's Got Talent." The show will relocate to NEW YORK for next season.
STERN, who plans to keep his SIRIUSXM radio show, is already stirring the pot, and the reaction to his addition to the show is already creating problems with some groups.
STERN said THURSDAY that "he would pull no punches with the young contestants, and their mothers," reports REUTERS. "I am going to tell you your kiddie has no talent... this nonsense of HOWIE and SHARON putting through less than talented people has got to stop. Under my administration, there will be no FRANK SINATRA impersonators winning," STERN said.
"I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, but feelings are going to be hurt," STERN added.
What kind of money it took to land STERN wasn't officially announced, but FORBES.COM's JEFF BERCOVICI estimated that he could get "about $15 million and that NBC could spend some $10 million to move the show to NEW YORK."
Cue The Outrage
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL published a statement from PARENTS TELEVISION COUNCIL Pres. TIM WINTER, who wrote, "In an act of desperation for a flailing network, NBC has hired HOWARD STERN -- a performer who is synonymous with shock, profanity and obscenity -- as a judge on a prime-time talent competition."
WINTER added, "The once-proud broadcast network has lost its way and has made it clear it holds no concern whatsoever for children and families. It also risks losing millions in advertising dollars. Whatever principles NBC had in the past, when the network was successful, have clearly gone out the window."