After months of waiting, “America’s Got Talent” is finally starting to get its judging panel in place for the new season. Howard Stern decided late last year that he wanted to continue holding the self-proclaimed title of “America’s judge” for another season, and now Howie Mandel has also confirmed that he is going to be back for much more himself.
The veteran comedian made the news official in a new interview with “Access Hollywood,” which is perfect timing given that auditions for the show are starting up in the coming days. Howie was never really expected to leave, especially after telling Larry King on his only show recently that he loves being a part of the program, and will continue being a part of it as long as NBC wants him there.
From a personal standpoint, Howie’s always been a great judge on the show, even if we don’t always agree with him. Admittedly, though, we do miss the hilarious back-and-forth that he had with Piers Morgan, as the two create the craziest sort of love / hate relationship out of anyone on TV.
While Mandel and Stern are both official now, the jury is still out on the female member of the panel. Sharon Osbourne has already confirmed that she is done judging the show after being the longest-tenured member of the panel, and some rumored names (whether they be legitimate or not) include the likes of LeAnn Rimes and Rosie O’Donnell. We will hopefully have more of a firm announcement in the coming weeks, as we have to believe that the network would love to have this person out there and available to help promote the show during this process. If we had a say, all we would ask would be to emphasize chemistry with the other jduges over star power. This is why we wouldn’t mind seeing a Rosie, a Kathy Griffin, or a Whoop Goldberg (even though that would never happen given that she works for ABC).
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