I’m a bit late to the party on this news but I figure you guys might be, too.
“America’s Got Talent” — the NBC talent show recently popular in the Mountain State thanks to Logan native and AGT winner Landau Murphy — is going to see some big changes in its seventh season.
Piers Morgan, the show’s token no-nonsense judge, announced last Wednesday he would not return to the show. He wants to focus more attention on his CNN show “Piers Morgan Tonight” and the upcoming presidential election.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that the Peacock is in “serious talks” with HOWARD STERN to replace Morgan. From that story:
Under the deal being discussed, Mr. Stern would earn about $15 million a year to join Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne on the judge’s table. “America’s Got Talent” is among the most popular shows on television during the summer, when it typically airs, drawing as many as 14 million viewers.
Judges on reality shows typically make salaries closer to $2 million to $5 million a season, a fraction of the roughly $15 million Mr. Stern and NBC are discussing, according to industry executives. But major celebrities who serve as judges often make much more, closer to the $15 million.
This is truly disappointing. “Talent” is probably the best talent competition on television and is known for giving its contestants a lot of artistic control. Landau Murphy told a pool of reporters that’s the reason he chose “Talent” over singing shows like “American Idol” — he knew NBC would let him maintain control of his image and his music.
I doubt any of that will change if Stern takes Morgan’s seat. But I do think that many viewers will be turned off by Stern’s lewd, crude and generally disgusting shtick.
Up until now, viewers could count on “Talent” for family-friendly entertainment. I’m certain that will change with the filthy-mouthed, greasy-haired Stern at the table.
You can take a jock out of shock but you can’t take the shock out of a jock. Or something like that.