by John Tully
The New York Herald Sun
December 15, 2011
New York City
It’s official: Howard Stern will be the new host of America’s Got Talent.
The longtime radio host announced it this morning on his show at approximately 8:20 am along with his agent Don Buchwald.
Stern will replace Piers Morgan, who quit the variety/talent show in order to concentrate on his CNN interview program.
The show reunites Mr. Stern with his former employer, NBC who he worked for in the mid-eighties and was inelegantly fired from when the radio station and O and O property WNBC decided the King of All Media was too controversial for it’s airwaves.
“Believe me – I didn’t do it for the money” he told Access Hollywood.
By Josef Adalian
Published: February 19, 2010
Conan O’Brien contractually can’t do a TV show until September, but there’s nothing to prevent him from doing a tour of live stage shows — which are supposedly in the works, according to The Wrap and the New York Times. (O’Brien’s reps did not respond to requests for comment.) Conan, live and in person? Sign me up, but do it quick.
Team Coco’s fervor is fading, and pretty soon the new story will be how Jay’s doing back in his old timeslot, whether NBC can leverage a post-Olympic ratings bump, if Letterman can turn this into the best ratings of his career. The time for a Conan tour is right now.
I’d hope a live show would tap into everything O’Brien can’t do on TV; broader, smarter, dirtier, and more daring than any network could ever sign off on. I want more sketches, fewer interviews, more interesting guests, and more full-on comedy geekery, maybe a variety show instead of talk show?