Howard Stern Debuts on National Primetime Broadcast Television

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If you like that type of comedy and amusement, you’re welcome to listen to him on satellite radio, but I’m just not sure that he fits the persona of a judge on NBC, on a family show.

Though men’s lifestyle and finance magazine was impressed by Howard Stern’s behavior on his first night as a judge for “America’s Got Talent” on Monday evening, still wonders if NBC made a wise choice in adding Stern to a nationally broadcasted television show, one that is on during an expensive prime-time slot no less.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Howard Stern debuted as a judge for the show last night, during the episode that kicked off the seventh season of “America’s Got Talent.” Co-host Howie Mandel stated in a video clip, “The show is about to go to a level it has never gone before.” Stern will be replacing AGT’s previous judge, Piers Morgan, who the LA Times reports was known for his pursed lips, buzzer trigger finger, and poor relationship with his fellow judges. The article reports that Stern was welcomed aboard last night among cheers of “How-ward, How-ward, How-ward” from the live audience.

The LA Times article states that Stern was shockingly sincere, sassy, self-effacing, and even at times sentimental during his first night as a judge on the season premier. Naturally, Stern told jokes, a couple of them a bit lewd—such as his repeated references to his “judge virginity”—but overall Stern was reportedly kind, and the LA Times even referred to him as “almost fatherly, and far less shocking than some of the auditioning acts themselves.” The article reports that Stern and his co-judges, returning personalities Sharon Osborne and Howie Mandel, shared a great relationship on the show and that none of Stern’s comments or jokes aimed at the other judges had any bit of mean-spiritedness or went too far over the top. Is Stern turning over a new leaf?’s Senior staff writer is quoted as saying, “Right off the bat, I’m leery about having Howard Stern on a nationally televised program, in a primetime slot, that families watch together. For years, he’s been working off of Sirius Satellite Radio, because he gets in too much trouble when he’s aired on traditional radio. I can count on one hand the amount of times that he’s been fined by the FCC for exceptionally coarse statements and vulgar comments. If you like that type of comedy and amusement, you’re welcome to listen to him on satellite radio, but I’m just not sure that he fits the persona of a judge on NBC, on a family show.”

The NY Daily News attests that Howard Stern proved through last night’s performance that he belongs on the show, however the article states Stern will face his biggest challenge when the “goofy” acts are sent home and the talent that remains must be judged professionally. The article states that Stern seemed very at-home in last night’s environment, where the “AGT” auditioned talent from Los Angeles and St. Louis, many acts which were quite outrageous (including the Bird Lady who sang “A Cockatiel Sang In Berkeley Square” with 22 cockatiels perched on her shoulders.) The NY Daily News article asserts that this type of environment makes sense, since Stern has long been a fan of personalities who seem outwardly ridiculous. One of the biggest questions which the article brings to light is whether Stern will fit into the show that has already been established, once the goofy acts are gone.

Despite its initial doubts, is optimistic after last night’s season premier.’s Senior staff editor is quoted saying, “I have to admit that after watching Stern on last night’s show, I was pleasantly surprised by his demeanor. He was not nearly as vulgar or crass as I’d feared, and if that is how he’s going to behave for the rest of the season, I think that the show will do just fine. My worry is how it’s going to look for NBC if he slips and gets into trouble. I’m sure that they put Stern on the show to amp up ratings, since everyone and their brother is going to want to see what comes out of his mouth next. I just hope the decision doesn’t come back to bite [NBC].”

Howard Stern is a radio personality who is best known for his controversial and outspoken behavior. He was the main personality of “The Howard Stern Show” on the radio for nearly two decades, and was labeled a “shock jock” due to his unexpected and oftentimes lewd and crude conduct. Some of his most well-known offenses include dressing up as “Fartman,” a revealing Spandex superhero costume, at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards and simulating a smoky release of gas onstage; mocking “Spanish people’s” taste in music in a fake Hispanic accent and playing gunshots over one of Selena’s song after the famous singer’s death in 1995; and an incredibly graphic and vulgar discussion with Rick Salomon, Paris Hilton’s co-star in the infamous sex tape, about their sexual escapades. Stern moved to Sirius Satellite Radio in 2004, where there are no regulations imposed by the Federal Communications Commission.

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