UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- The shock jock is back for more!
NBC announced Monday that Howard Stern will return for a second season of "America's Got Talent" as a member of the judges' panel.
"Howard Stern's towering presence and opinions on last season's show as a new judge made a dramatic impact and added a sharper edge to the fascinating developments on stage," said Paul Telegdy, the president of alternative and late night programming for NBC entertainment. "We know that Howard believes in 'America's Got Talent' -- which remains America's top-rated summer series -- and that dedication comes across in a genuine way to our viewers who share his passion about our amazing talent competition."
Stern helped to transform American radio and put syndicated satellite radio on the map on SiriusXM. As the outspoken, unedited and headline-grabbing host of "The Howard Stern Show" radio program, Stern was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2005 and became a pop-culture icon with a massive loyal fan base.
Since 1987, he has hosted numerous television shows, record-breaking pay-per-view events and home video releases. He also embarked on a five-month political campaign for governor of New York in 1994.
His two books, "Private Parts" (1993) and "Miss America" (1995), spent 20 and 16 weeks, respectively, on The New York Times bestseller list. The first book became a national sensation and was adapted into the feature film "Private Parts" (1997), a biographical comedy film that starred Stern and his radio show staff -- and was a box-office success.
Additionally, Stern performed on the film's soundtrack which topped the Billboard 200 chart. Stern currently broadcasts his show "Howard 100" on the SiriusXM satellite radio station.
The auditions for "America's Got Talent" have already been held in Seattle (Nov. 29) and Portland (Dec. 1). Upcoming auditions are slated for Birmingham (Dec. 10), Memphis (Dec. 11), Nashville (Dec. 13), Savannah (Dec. 14), Raleigh (Dec. 15), Norfolk (Dec. 16), San Antonio (Jan. 12 and 13) and Chicago (Jan. 26 and 27).
For all the latest information and to pre-register, go to www.AGTauditions.com.
The 2012 edition of "America's Got Talent" ranked as the #1 summer series in adults 18-49 and total viewers, marking the seventh straight year the show finished as the #1 summer series in total viewers.