America’s Got Talent AND Money: Howard Stern Paid Millions To Join Show
Shock jock Howard Stern has confirmed he’s signed a deal to join the judges’ panel on America’s Got Talent, but not just any deal: this one is to the reported tune of over $20 million per season.
The controversial host, who once upon a time signed a five-year deal with satellite network SiriusXM for an estimated $400 million, flexed his power by requesting the Los Angeles-based show move its entire production to New York City to accommodate him, which they’ve confirmed will happen. The 57-year-old signed the contract this morning on his radio show, saying “I take judging very seriously. This nonsense of Howie [Mandel] and Sharon [Osbourne] putting through less than talented people has got to stop.” He also described himself as “Piers [Morgan] on steroids.”
For their part, NBC seemed thrilled at the deal. “Howard Stern’s larger-than-life personality will bring a thrilling new dynamic to America’s Got Talent starting this summer,” network exec Paul Telegdy said. “He’s a proven innovator and his track record in broadcasting is truly remarkable. Howard is very passionate about this show and is fully committed to its future success.”