Howard Stern called into Piers Morgan Tonight Friday night to talk about his upcoming stint as America’s Got Talent judge. He has been hired to take Piers Morgan’s place, who is leaving to concentrate on his CNN Show.

Howard calls out the Parents Television Council who is protesting his hiring–you know, because it will be bad for the chillrun or whatever.

Ironically, Howard proves that he does think about the children (and this is a great of example of why I’m a big Howard fan) by calling out the parents who put their kids in talent competitions.

He says he raised 3 daughters and would not have allowed them to compete on a show like America’s Got Talent.  If you’re going to put your children on television to be judged, you should make “damn sure” it’s a wise decision.  If IS talented, they need more time to develop and nurture their talent.

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  • Chris

    Ehhh.  He’s right, the parents have the ultimate responsibility.  But in this case, the producers of AGT have some responsibility as well since they hired him.  I can see Howard making a lot of kids cry.  He can be rougher than Simon, at least on radio, a lot worse.  Unless he has mellowed over the years, on his radio show he could be very tough and the focus on women tends to be sexual – does she have big boobs, a nice rear, women are either “hot chicks” or dogs.  

    Rachel Crow or Drew, etc.. are not mini Barbies so if he cuts into the kids appearance, it will be another round of, “I didn’t tune in to see this!”  Lucky for me, I don’t watch AGT.

    Just knowing his history as a shock jock, I don’t see this going well but maybe he’s changed.

  • Anonymous

    Rachel Crow or Drew, etc.. are not mini Barbies so if he cuts into the
    kids appearance, it will be another round of, “I didn’t tune in to see
    this!”

    I actually can’t see him remarking on the kids appearance, to be honest. If the kid has no talent or is unattractive, he’ll be more likely to make the parents cry than the kids, I think.

  • Anonymous

    When I saw her elimination, calling for her mother, and then saying, “You Promised!”  I asked myself what the heck was going on.  Promised what?  Those shows are a train wreck. They want people to cry.  The more drama, the better, and they keep the cameras rolling.  What kid, let alone adult is ready for all of it, and what does it have to do with talent, since winning is such a long shot and often the winners don’t end up going places.  Is it worth it?  It likely won’t be nicer with Howard on board.  Ultimately it’s up to parent to protect their children when they can.  The judges are often harsh for the sake of being so. If it were not a reality show, most of the time constructive criticism would be given in a mannerly fashion.

  • Anonymous

    I am a fan of Howard Stern. I have not listened to him since he went to satellite radio as I do not have it. I have missed him. I will now watch AGT and I did not before. I think he will attract new fans to the show. Despite Howard’s reputation I think he is very bright guy and he will do well on the show.

  • http://www.fatladysings.us/ TFLS

    He’s trying to change the narrative – move it from his unsuitability to host a ‘family’ show to parents who promote show biz kids.  Everyone agrees children shouldn’t be exploited.  Saying that makes him look like a ‘family’ guy.  That’s not his shtick.  Howard Stern’s whole persona revolves around his pulling out there publicity stunts and saying outrageous things.  I really can’t imagine how that’s going to work for AGT.  Piers often walked the bitter edge of nasty.  I can only imagine what Stern’s gonna say.  It’s put me off the show, to be honest.  I’ve never been a Stern fan.  I’m more Doctor Demento when it comes to outrageous on the radio.  Not sure I’m even gonna watch it anymore actually.  Stern really gets on my nerves.

  • http://twitter.com/TylerWV TylerWV

    IMO, its a sign of desperation they would hire Stern to judge a talent show, esp. with tweens on it.   I guess its anything goes to boost ratings.  Not sure it will boost though.  I wasnt watching before but def. not now, my friends that do watch, and they are few, say the same thing.  Be interesting to see how it churns out.

  • Chris

    The reason he can only be heard on satellite radio is because he became too hot for radio’s “normal” morning drive. 

    He is obviously bright, or else he wouldn’t have lasted this long.  But family friendly entertainment is not his area.  I am sure he will behave for a while, but its probably just a matter of time before a bomb falls out of his mouth.

    Which AGT might want, its all about creating ratings and buzz.

  • jan

    I agree with Howard about the parents of children who appear on televised talent shows.

    However, in general I dislike him and what he stands for. I was a teacher when Howard was in his heyday on public radio and television. My students learned a lot of lessons from him. They learned that it is okay to be disrespectful, to be coarse, to sexually taunt women, and to cruelly mock someone even the handicapped (remember Hank the angry drunken dwarf). In fact they learned that it was more than okay to act like this because it could be rewarded with a multi-million dollar contract. Many of my students were quite frank in expressing their admiration for him and in imitating him.

  • Anonymous

    I have satellite radio and have not listened to Howard once.  But I’m looking forward to getting a good dose of him in a format that I’m addicted to…tv talent competitions. 

  • Kitwana

    What Howard does is satire.  You cannot take what he says literally.  I’ve been a fan for many years and have listened to him on satellite.  Nobody has ever made me laugh more.  He is a real fan of Idol, XFactor, AGT and Dancing with the Stars and talks about them all the time.  He knows these shows and is critical of the non-judging by the judges on these shows.  

    Don’t be fooled by the hype about Howard.  Yes he has porn stars on his show but what he does is tame compared to some of the stuff you see on HBO today.  It is also not the main part of his show.  The show focuses on great interviews by Howard, funny bits (many of which involved the late Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf who was totally in on the joke), and stories about the lives of the various people on the show that are hilarious.  Howard is smart, honest and not afraid to give his true opinion.  He does not kiss up to anyone or pull any punches, even with the A list stars who come on his show. What more could you ask for in a judge on AGT?

  • http://twitter.com/HaleysShindig ShreddingHalien

    Howard is my hero:) He will be an excellent judge this coming season, probably one of the best ever. He is way overqualified for the job and has more real world experience than any judge I can think of with over 30 years experience in Radio. He also won’t pussyfoot around because he is afraid people won’t like him like some judges on a certain show called Idol. 
    Good call on the Stage Mom’s, Howard, keep up the good work. 

  • VieweR

    Lets remember Jerry Springer used to HOST this FAMILY show

  • VieweR

    Lets remember Jerry Springer used to HOST this FAMILY show

  • Anonymous

    AGT must be soliciting the puerile male demographic;  there isn’t much to Howard once you get past the bad taste.

    The sponsors are going to have sleepless nights.

  • http://www.fatladysings.us/ TFLS

    Lets remember Jerry Springer used to HOST this FAMILY show. 

    And I didn’t watch it then.  Nick Cannon’s approach is gentler.  Nothing against Springer.  I auditioned for his show once (you didn’t think all those train wrecks were real?).  He’s a nice guy.  I just prefer how the show works now (no Springer, no Hasselhoff no crudity).  Adding Stern isn’t a plus for me.

  • Anonymous

    I think he will do a great job and I agree… these kids don’t belong on TV talent shows. XFactor showed that more than anything I have seen in a long time.

  • Anonymous

    Gee, I’ve been saying what Howard has been saying since I saw Diana DeGarmo nearly eight years ago. I don’t like seeing anyone under the age of 17 on these shows. Rachel Crow and Drew were one thing, but watching Lauren Alaina on AI near tears every week was hard to watch. Yes, she’s successful now, but in all honesty, she really should have waited a year before competing.

  • BonnieDee

    Lauren Alaina is doing extremely well.  She wasn’t “near tears” every week.  She cried when she went into the bottom two one time.  There is no doubt she belonged in that competition and I’m happy with where she finished.  She’s also a pro. Even Carrie Underwood herself said that she is impressed by how well Lauren handles everything.  Of course she should have been there and she did very well, and continues to grow as a performer.

  • milwlovesadam

    Anyone who knows Howard Stern’s book or his movie knows that he’s a softy down deep. He’s in show business, his shtick is what he does on the radio. He’s a parent too. And, he’s intimately familiar with the FCC.

    I don’t think he’ll be any more “shocking” than Steven Tyler was last year on Idol. If anything, I think he’ll be hilarious with Howie and play off Sharon Osbourne very well. Should make good TV.

    And, FWIW: I agree. The young kiddies shouldn’t be in these types of contests, against adults. Kids vs. kids, maybe. A la Majors and Minors. I was positively nauseated watching the debacle of Rachel Crow’s elimination.

  • Anonymous

    That’s because Lauren is a baby beauty pageant veteran, yet I felt very uncomfortable watching her near tears when others who were near the bottom didn’t well up in tears. Luckily she had enough talent to pull her through. Again, BonnieDee, you are a fan so you are biased; however, I stand by what I said. No kids under the age of 17, no matter how talented they are, should be competing on these shows.

  • BonnieDee

    Lots of people have cried on Idol, not just Lauren. And it was once. Carrie Underwood said she is amazed by how well Lauren handles everything.  Lauren is doing great.  Also why 17 and not 18?  17 is a minor too.

  • db987

    I guess I do not agree that an certain age would take care of crying issues.  Thia was the youngest never cried James was a guy in his 20′s he cried I found his crying as hard to watch as Pia’s or Lauren’s.  I understand your point especially after watching Drew and Rachel which in my opinion was a whole different level of uncomfortableness.  Just not sure an age limit will take care of problem perhaps keeping the contestants more grounded in reality which is tough when you are dealing with kids. 

  • Anonymous

    What is Carrie supposed to say? Carrie is a class act. Well, BonnieDee, fine. If it makes you happy, I’d bump the age up to 18 then. Apparently, you like watching children (yes, children) on these shows. I do not. Scotty and/or Lauren may have gone home had there had been constructive criticism. But history cannot be changed. It is what it is. We’re not going to agree, BonnieDee, so I am not going to respond to you anymore and I think you should do the same. 

  • Kitwana

    I don’t think age will always be an accurate measure of maturity.  It really depends on the person.  I thought that 15 year old Jaycee Badeaux handled being kicked out of his group at the last minute during Hollywood Week very well.  He certainly showed more maturity, class and professionalism than the members of the group who kicked him out.

  • db987

    Well if  kids crying or not crying is what you dislike on these shows then that’s that.

    “What is Carrie supposed to say? Carrie is a class act.”

    She didn’t have to bring it up at all she wasn’t asked a direct question about Lauren it was a response to a general question about other idols.So it seems like that is how she feels.

    I will not speak another word about it.  LOL

  • Anonymous

    Whatever floats your boat, db987.

  • Anonymous

    “He certainly showed more maturity, class and professionalism than the members of the group who kicked him out.”

    Wasn’t Scotty a member of the group that kicked him out? Just asking.

  • db987

    right back at ya

  • Anonymous

    I am not sure if I agree in not permitting young kids in a reality competition with adults here. There is a singing competition here in the Philippines called “Protege” (which has sort of a an X Factor like competition, but the judges are different from the mentors, 1 for each of the Top 10, I think) and it was a mix of tweeners to young adults, and I think the show handled it pretty good (but then again, it looks like the reality show pressure in the US seems bigger than here). There is also a show that is similar to AGT called “Talentadong Pinoy” (translated as Talented Pinoy) in which the 1st Season’s winner was a 13 year old boy that time, challenging with older contestants. 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnTbnZQLHtE  

    Also, we wouldn’t know more about Jackie Evancho if it is not for AGT, as she is just 10 years old when she joined, and even finished 2nd place. So the reaction of some people for not approving Howard Stern’s addition to the AGT judges can be valid because they would rather have a more pleasant judge to join this light-hearted reality show (not all reality shows are created equal) that him due to his past history as a “shock jock” (but then again, there were reactions about Steven Tyler joining AI, but we know how it turned out…).

  • Reflections On Life

    So, he’s against kids competing on reality shows, but he signs up to be a judge on a reality show that allows kids.  Hypocrite much?

    FWIW I agree that parents should really think twice before hoisting their kids into the adult world, whether it be reality competition or otherwise.

  • Chris

    Howard likes to push the edge of taste way too much and I see a lot of tears coming away from AGT unless he can pull it way in.  The show will have kids and teens on it, the format hasn’t changed.  So unless they put the kids in a soundproof booth, they will know if Howard cracks a joke at their expense.  And even the booth won’t help, this is television – they will hear it back along with all their classmates. 

    What Howard says goes beyond satire and that is why he was dropped from regular radio.  Not sure how old the posters here are but he has said a lot of controversial stuff.  There is a reason HBO is a pay per view channel.
    I used to listen to him on the morning drive many years ago and he can be fine but I couldn’t take it so I stopped listening.  The occassional clean jokes or celebrity interviews were not worth the off color ones.  The favorite question he asks of most male celebrities is “Did you ???? with a female celebrity.”  Which is down right tacky in my opinion.  Far from the days of a guy just keeping his mouth shut and saying yes, I dated Marilyn or Britney, or Paris, etc..  There have always been celebrity relationships, but until Howard, no one would dare to ask or air that level of dirty laundry. 

    The only person that baffles me more than Howard is Robin.  How she sits there while he calls women names and laugh along is beyond me. 

  • Anonymous

    yea he definitely can be tacky & tasteless as a shock jock, but he’s also the father of 3 daughters who he’s helped raise very normally so he knows how to turn it down when necessary

  • Anonymous

    I’m in his corner on this one.

  • Anonymous

    I think Rachel’s mother reassured her on stage that everything would be alright. To that, Rachel responded “You Promise?”. I didn’t think that Rachel was telling her mom that she promised her something in the past. Was that how most people interpreted it?

    I’m OK with TV competitions that are strictly for kids, but competitions like X-factor are probably not appropriate. Howard Stern appears to have very selective morals, though. I’ll have to add “hypocrite” to the list of reasons I dislike him.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5CTSGSGATMXQESVDDD7RWQRYXU Jane

    Howard Stern shouldn’t be calling anybody out.  He needs to worry about his own pathetic self.  Who is he to call out ANYONE?  Pffffft.