Howard Stern had upset a 9-year-old who auditioned in this season’s America’s Got Talent auditions at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles.
Calling himself the King Of All Media, Howard Stern is replacing former hard-line judge Piers Morgan who left to take a full-time position at CNN to replace the retired Larry King.
Critics warned that the “shock jock” was a risky replacement because they didn’t think he would take the job seriously and would turn it into a spectacle of himself.
However, reports of the first auditions indicate that Stern was anything but rude or crude. So far it seems that he’s taken his role serious and has surprised the critics.
Stern is actually relishing the opportunity to find real talent and make something of it. He was quoted as saying, “I’ve taken more no-talents and made them talents. There is a way to sculpt people, to mentor people, and a way to find something that would tap into the national psyche.”
Even so, Stern himself admits he is surprised with his good behavior thus far at the judge’s desk. “There were times when I was downright compassionate,” he said. “It was really unsettling.”
Still, Stern says he will be truthful with contestants no matter what, which he has already done with a recent 9-year-old contestant.
“It’s a little weird, the first day out. I buzzed a nine-year-old kid,” Stern said. “The kid was adorable, but I did it, man, you gotta do it. I said, ‘Look, you’re cute; you’re adorable, but goodness gracious, you don’t belong on America’s Got Talent,’ and you just feel like the devil himself.”