Nellie Andreeva

Howard Stern will return as a judge on America’s Got Talent next summer, his third stint on the NBC talent competition series. Stern made the announcement today on his SiriusXM morning radio show. “It started out as a goof. Now it’s becoming a job,” he said. “I am very excited to be going back to America’s Got Talent.” NBC was aggressive in its pursuit of Stern to replace Piers Morgan in 2011, moving production of the show from Los Angeles to New York, where Stern is based, in addition to offering him a big check, believed to be around $15 million. “What a bunch of gracious people,” he said of NBC. “They listened to me. I said I don’t want to travel too much, and they adjusted the scheduling to accommodate me, so they made me feel very special.” Still, the decision to return wasn’t straightforward, he said. “I really, really did struggle with this decision because I’ve been working a long time. I really wanted to decide if this was going to take away too much free time. Did I really still enjoy doing it? Did I have something to say? Is it something I should be involved with still?” Stern joins AGT host Nick Cannon, who also recently announced that he will be back on the show next summer.

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