Howie Mandel excited about Howard Stern on AGT

Video: Howie Mandel on Craig Ferguson

“First of all, he’s American, which is great, because he’s the first American judge on ‘America’s Got Talent,’ and I think that’s important,” Ferguson said. He furthermore said he was excited to see Stern be ruthless, but also excited about the acts he genuinely likes.

“And enthusiastic if he sees something he doesn’t like,” Mandel added. “I love honesty on that show. You know what I love about it even more? I love the controversy.”

Certainly Stern’s hiring has people talking about “AGT” more enthusiastically, either positively or negatively, than they have in several years. Time will tell if that translates to improved ratings.

“America’s Got Talent” returns this summer to NBC with Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne and Howard Stern replacing outgoing judge Piers Morgan

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