Howard Stern has a new gig as a judge on “America’s Got Talent,” but this isn’t the same Stern that America has come to love and hate- or be entirely repulsed by. But, apparently Howard Stern has turned over a new leaf.
The L.A. Times reports Stern told KNBC-TV, “There were times [during the first audition] when I was downright compassionate.”
Why the change in heart though? After all, Stern garnered his fame through his raunchy and offensive antics. His radio show was well-known for featuring everything from porn stars and simulated sexual acts to offensive language and criticizing the handicapped. Also, no one can forget Howard Stern and his creative appearance at the 1992 “MTV Movie Awards,” where he was lowered onto the stage in a superhero costume that revealed his bare butt cheeks.
However, Stern said outside the Orpheum Theater in L.A. that he refuses to give into the preconceived notions about him during his new show.
"You don't want to be a stereotype as a judge, "Stern said. "You don't want to be, 'Oh, you're replacing Piers; you've got to be the mean guy, or you've got to be the guy that always hits the buzzer.' I have no preconceived notion, and I've got news for you: If you go in there and watch this taping, it is insane."
The Parents Television Council has already raised flags about Stern judging the show.
However, while the host may be toning it down for the camera, his Sirius radio show “Howard 100” is still reminiscent of the attitude that garnered him his current fame.