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America’s Got Talent has gone through a few cast shakeups in recent years, and now it looks as if the NBC series will be losing another judge. Howard Stern recently revealed that this season of America’s Got Talent will be his last, thanks to other career opportunities that he would like to take. In an interview on his radio show, the reality TV judge said he’s just got too much going on to deal with the summer series any longer.
I do enjoy the process. Having said that, I’m going through my own career evaluation right now… In all seriousness, I’ve told you, I'm just too fucking busy. This year, doing America’s Got Talent, doing the radio show, something’s got to give. NBC’s already asked me what my intentions are for next year, whether or not I would come back. I kind of told them, ‘I think this is my last season.’
He later more thoroughly confirmed it will be his last. As a result of Howard Stern telling NBC he won’t be back next year, America’s Got Talent will be going through more than a lineup change. If you can remember back to when Stern signed on, the show actually moved to New York City to accommodate his career and still have him appear on the show. Stern mentions that once he quits, the show will move back to Los Angeles to film.
Still, it seems as if there are no hard feelings between the network and Stern, who speaks very positively about his experience with the reality competition series. That’s a nice change-up from the headlines we were dealing with just a few years ago when Sharon Osbourne quit the show, stating she was a bit disgusted with the way the network treated her son Jack on another NBC show, Stars and Stripes. This time around, it looks as if there will be no drama or hard feelings linked to the exit (although the PTC is doubtless happy).
Instead, it seems as if there is another TV opportunity that has presented itself to the host. He doesn’t go into detail about what that project might entail, but suffice to say, it’s intriguing enough that he is quitting a popular NBC program in order to pursue the concept.
I’ll tell you what I’m going through…I have been made an offer in television that excites me, excites me to no end. I think it would be a great opportunity. But I can’t do America’s Got Talent, the radio show and this television opportunity.
Obviously it’s tough to tell whether or not Stern’s new TV project will pan out or not, but even if it doesn’t, the radio personality will still have his Sirius XM show. Plus, he’s popular enough that random opportunities should continue to waft his way, should he keep an eye out for them. For now, you can continue to catch the man on America’s Got Talent, which airs on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET. In the meantime, here’s what else NBC has coming up this summer.