Howie Mandel is "Excited" for Howard Stern to Join America's Got Talent

Howie Mandel and Piers Morgan were never best friends on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, and since Morgan’s departure, Mandel has spoken nothing but praise for his replacement. Mandel and Sharon Osbourne both admit they are excited for Howard Stern to join them behind the judges table.

“I am very excited — couldn’t be more excited,” Mandel told The Huffington Post. “There’s nobody more honest, more edgy, more fun … having Howard Stern join the show, I think, is going to take ‘America’s Got Talent’ to another level.”

Some viewers feel that Stern may be too much for the family-oriented show since he is a shock jock. However, Stern assures viewers he will be good.

Producer Simon Cowell said that Stern is just one of many changes going on with the talent competition. The show is moving from West to East Coast with the change in judges. He also wants to add another “younger” female judge. Will there be additional auditions or new rules for the competition? We’ll have to wait to see.

Season 7 doesn’t have a premiere date yet, but it’s likely in June or July. Auditions begin Feb. 3 and continue throughout the winter across America.

by Melissa Warner on January 20th, 2012

Melissa is Unreality TV's X Factor USA expert, bringing you all the gossip on the contestants and religiously recapping their performances each week! You can follow her on Twitter and on Google+

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