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Howard Stern as TV ‘Talent’ judge? Parent group objects

What with the Kardashians and the sleazy dating shows and the teen mom programs and the real housewives and all the other schlock on TV these days, you’d think the Parents Television Council would just issue a statement proclaiming:


But they still pick and choose their targets, and to the surprise of no one, the PTC is appalled Howard Stern has been tapped to be a judge on “America’s Got Talent.”

Even before the news was confirmed, PTC president Tim Winter issued a statement howling, “If the rumors are true … the result will be the alienation of tens of millions of advertising dollars. Such a move smacks of desperation by the once-proud peacock network. Any short-term buzz from Stern’s shock value will result in a longer-term decline as families abandon the show for more suitable programming.”

So you didn’t much care when Jerry Springer was the host for two seasons of “America’s Got Talent,” but you’re in a lather over Stern joining the show?

Of course this protest is nonsense. Stern has always understood the difference between what he can get away with in his studio (especially during the Sirius/XM era) and how he can conduct himself on TV.

You know what Howard’s real problem might be? He’s too nice.

I speak from experience. A few years back, Howard and Robin Quivers and I were the judges for “The Howard Stern Film Festival,” at which the finalists showed their movies in front of a live audience in New York City. At one point Stern told me he was having a hard time saying anything negative about any of the young contestants showcasing their work. He didn’t want to discourage them or bruise their feelings.

Wouldn’t it be hilarious if Howard Stern ends up getting criticized for being too soft on “AGT”?

Rise Against Bogus Tweets

Just last month, “X Factor” judge and former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger experienced a teary meltdown after she failed to “save” a teenager contestant. Judging by the video of Scherzinger weeping and carrying on, you would have thought she had failed to save the girl from a shark and not from elimination on a talent show.

Recapping: Scherzinger refused to choose between 13-year-old Rachel Crow and Marcus Canty. This left Crow vulnerable to an audience vote, and she was eliminated. Oh, the humanity.

Said Scherzinger: “I [didn’t] want to send anyone home. … I wasn’t going to make the decision. I just couldn’t make the decision, so I left it up to America to vote.”

Very sweet — except for the fact Scherzinger is, you know, a JUDGE on the show. Indecisiveness is not a good trait for a judge, whether it’s a pretend judge on TV or a real judge. Imagine Judge Zagel at the Blagojevich trail, ruling on an objection: “Well gee, defense counsel has a point, but I kinda want to see where all this is going. I’m going to sustain the objection AND let the witness answer the question!”

On Wednesday morning, it seemed as if Scherzinger had suddenly become very decisive. To her more than 1.1 million Twitter followers, she proclaimed: “For the first time ever a politician isn’t lying to us. WAKE UP AMERICA! Ron Paul 2012  I Love This Guy #RonPaulRevolution”

Wait a minute, NOW she has an opinion?

But hold on, stop the clock. Now we’re hearing the Twitter accounts of No Doubt, Scherzinger and Chicago’s own punk rockers Rise Against were hacked. The Tweets were deleted and Rise Against later Tweeted: “As you would all assume, we DO NOT support Ron Paul.”

I have to admit until a few hours ago, I absolutely no assumptions either way about how Rise Against would feel about the candidate.

But it sure would have been fun to see them performing at Ron Paul 2012 rally.

One Response to “Howard Stern as TV ‘Talent’ judge? Parent group objects”

  1. Linda Shafran Says:

    Interesting comparison with Howard Stern and Jerry Springer. Jerry’s show is outrageous but Jerry isn’t. As the host of the show Jerry asks the questions and is usually as incredulous as the audience or the viewers. AND, he is very non-judgemental on the show. I don’t think comparing Jerry and Howard is valid. I too though agree with you and think that Howard will be great on the show and possibly, just like Jerry is, way too nice.

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