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Howard Stern to return to 'America's Got Talent'
Howard Stern, who launched his professional DJ career in Briarcliff Manor, announced Monday morning that he has signed on to judge his second season of NBC's "America's Got Talent."
Shortly after 8 a.m., the shock jock told listeners — and his staff — of his decision. He said that despite his apprehension about the hours, he has enjoyed his time on the show.
"I'm very, very excited, honestly, about going back to 'America's Got Talent,' " he said. "I'm very excited to be working again with [executive producer] Simon Cowell and NBC and all the various folks who work there."
"I think that's great, because I certainly enjoy you on the show," said his sidekick, Robin Quivers.
Stern is the first "AGT" judge to announce he has signed on for the TV show's eighth season. Howie Mandel has not announced a decision, and Sharon Osbourne has said she will not return.
Stern didn't have any guess who would replace Osbourne but said he would be honest about how he feels about her successor.
"If I don't like the new judge, I'll hit the 'X' [buzzer] on the judge while they're talking," Stern said. "I'll be like, 'Shut up; no one wants to hear from you.' Believe me, if I was the only judge, I think the show would be terrific. You don't need the other judges, but all right. I gotta to learn to play with others."
Before Stern's announcement this morning, the show played clips of fans' mixed reactions to Stern's first season on "AGT."
Stand-up comedian and Stony Point resident Tom Cotter was the runner-up on Stern's first season of the competition, and he had a memorable appearance on Stern's show last week.
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