Is America ready for Howard Stern in prime time? “America’s Got Talent” kicks off a new season on May 14th with Howard as one of the new judges. I miss listening to him on the radio. I was hooked for years but I don’t drive any more in the mornings.
There’s no doubt in my mind that Howard will be a huge hit on this show, and it’s a great opportunity for him to be exposed again to a huge audience as his satellite radio show doesn’t have the reach of his syndicated radio show. Of course, he’ll still pocket $15 million per year even if he bombs, but I wouldn’t bet on it.
The video above is classic Howard, as he gets Letterman to discuss his feud with Jay Leno. Hopefully Howard can parley success with this new show into an interview show in the future. Nobody gets celebrities to open up more and address personal and hilarious topics like Howard.
Our man Will Harris is in Los Angeles for the latest gathering of the Television Critics Association and he’s been reporting on all the turmoil in TV land. The hot story of course surrounds NBC and the recent decision to cancel Jay Leno’s prime time show. He also reported that Simon Cowell will be leaving “American Idol.”
Of course, the NBC decision has now led to complete chaos, as the NBC brass decided that they wanted to keep Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon in their late-night lineup. All of the late-night comedians are having a field day with the situation, but Conan had some of the best zingers in a recent monologue that you can see above.
Will just reported, however, that the situation is now breaking down completely, as Conan released a statement claiming that he won’t stay on as host of “The Tonight Show” if the start time is moved back to 12:05 to accommodate the Jay Leno show. Good for him! As Will says, “you should absolutely read it in full, as it’s a ballsy missive that’ll make a whole lot of his fellow comedians (not to mention quite a few TV critics, including myself) stand up and cheer.”