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Stern Named Judge Of ‘America’s Got Talent’

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Howard Stern will be joining the judges’ panel on “America’s Got Talent,” and the NBC summer talent show will uproot itself from Los Angeles to accommodate the New York-based shock jock, the network said Thursday.

NBC confirmed weeks-old rumors of Stern’s selection to join fellow “Talent” judges Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne. Nick Cannon remains host.

Stern, whose daily radio show airs on Sirius XM, is replacing Piers Morgan, who departed “Talent” after last season to free up his busy schedule. Last winter Morgan launched a weeknight interview program on CNN.

“Howard Stern’s larger-than-life personality will bring a thrilling new dynamic to `America’s Got Talent’ starting this summer,” said Paul Telegdy, NBC’s president of alternative and late night programming. “He’s a proven innovator and his track record in broadcasting is truly remarkable.”

The show bills itself as TV’s only talent competition show that is open to any age and any talent. Auditions for season seven began in October in major cities around the country. But now, with Stern aboard, production of the live broadcast of the show will relocate to New York.

Stern, who in 2005 took his long-running syndicated show from terrestrial radio to Sirius XM, signed a new five-year contract with the satellite-radio company a year ago after months of stormy negotiations.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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