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Stern measures for America's Got Talent

Simon Cowell suddenly seems like marshmallowy Donny Osmond.

Then again, he's the head executive producer of NBC's America's Got Talent. So Cowell had a big say in the network's Thursday morning announcement that Howard Stern will be the hit summer show's newest judge, replacing Piers Morgan. Incumbent arbiters Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel remain in place.

Talent also will be switching venues to New York City, from where the acidic Stern hosts his SiriusXM radio show.

Stern's "larger-than-life personality will bring a thrilling new dynamic" to the show," NBC programming exec Paul Telegdy huffed in a publicity release. "He's a proven innovator and his track record in broadcasting is truly remarkable. Howard is very passionate about this show and is full committed to its future success."

Yeah, but how'd you like to be a juggler awaiting his comments?

Morgan supposedly will devote himself more fully to his prime-time CNN talk show. But its ratings have been no bargain, which leaves open the possibility that Stern could someday replace him on CNN as well. Anything's obviously possible.