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Howard Stern is in talks to replace Piers Morgan at the America’s Got Talent judging table, according to sources.
The news, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, comes mere hours after Morgan announced his departure on his CNN show. “Turned out that juggling’s harder than it looks, so I’m going to focus on CNN,” the British host tweeted to his 1.4 million followers Wednesday evening.
According to sources, Stern is a big fan of the talent competition and is eager to be involved in the show. He would share judging duties with Sharon Osbourne and relative newcomer Howie Mandel, who replaced David Hasselhoff in 2010.
To be sure, securing a larger-than-life personality like Stern would be viewed as a coup for NBC, which counts Talent among the few bright spots on its schedule. Excluding the net’s April entry The Voice, Talent was the No. 1 reality show this past summer, which explains the internal desire to inject new blood into the long-running and increasingly valuable asset.
WSJ is pegging Stern’s potential fee at $15 million, a fraction of the $76 million Forbes estimates the SiriusXM shock-jock earned last year. Despite threats of retirement, Stern reupped with SiriusXM Radio through 2015, with analysts suggesting he took a 20 percent pay cut.
Email: Lacey.Rose@THR.com; Twitter: @LaceyVRose
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