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Howard Stern Will Join 'America's Got Talent' as Judge, Parents Television Council Clutches Pearls

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NBC has found the only person in the world who gives less of a fuck what people think of him than Simon Cowell, and has signed Howard Stern to replace Piers Morgan as a judge on "America's Got Talent." Stern made the announcement on his SiriusXM satellite radio show this morning, saying that "I take judging very order to up my credibility, I will wear a suit."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stern will go around the country with the show as they film auditions, and then the show will come to him, moving filming from Los Angeles to New York. Stern signed the contract on-air today.

In a move that surprises no one, the Parents Television Council has spoken out against the Stern hire, saying that he's not appropriate for a TV show geared towards families. Here's what they said, in full, in a statement on their website:

“In an act of desperation for a flailing network, NBC has hired Howard Stern - a performer who is synonymous with shock, profanity and obscenity - as a judge on a prime-time talent competition. Not coincidentally, in just over three weeks the network will be standing before the United States Supreme Court arguing for the right to use the F-word at any time of the day, even in front of children. “The once-proud broadcast network has lost its way and has made it clear it holds no concern whatsoever for children and families. It also risks losing millions in advertising dollars. Whatever principles NBC had in the past, when the network was successful, have clearly gone out the window.”