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Howard Stern to judge ‘Talent’

NBC competition skein will move to Gotham

It’s official: Howard Stern is coming to “America’s Got Talent.”

NBC announced on Thursday that the radio host would join the competish show as judge alongside Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel, taking the spot recently vacated by Piers Morgan. The show will move to New York City from Los Angeles.

Word of the appointment began to spread last month; Stern’s salary for the gig is rumored to be about $15 million, while the move to New York is estimated to cost some $10 million.

Stern’s radio show will continue.

The Peacock’s popular summer show has been looking for a new judge since Morgan announced his departure in November. Now, the skein is in for something of an overhaul, with new live-audition segs to be produced in Gotham.

Stern is known for, among other things, prank-calling fellow entertainers (and news programs), so his presence on the show seems guaranteed to make the million-dollar contest less staid than it might otherwise have been.

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