The King of All Media is really better off sticking to one format – radio.
Howard Stern briefly conquered books and music thanks to his best-selling autobiography “Private Parts” (and its sequel, “Miss America”) and the soundtrack to its big-screen adaptation. He remains uniquely suited for radio, and even there he seems disinterested of late if his voluminous vacation schedule is any indication.
Now, Stern is talking up a possible role as the new “America’s Got Talent” judge. Of course, he says he’d be great at the gig:
“Let me tell you — if I was a judge on ‘America’s Got Talent,’ there would be no nonsense. I’ve been on network TV many times. It’s a different animal when it comes to talent and running a business.
Stern may indeed have an eye for talent – just look how he turned a gaggle of misfit listeners into his infamous “Wack Pack” of supporting players. But TV isn’t his strong suit, a fact that’s been clear since his amateurish TV show back in the ’90s. He also struggled to prove his worth on several Pay-Per-View spectacles as well as his numerous late night talk show appearances. He comes across as uncomfortable, his usually nimble mind curbed by the format.
His best TV work came courtesy of the E! Network, which essentially trained its cameras on Stern while he conducted his morning radio show.
Stern faces a no-win scenario should he actually join the “America’s Got Talent” program. If he seriously considers the worth of each contestant he will disappoint fans expecting outrageous antics. If he goes the Full Howard, he’ll likely alienate Middle America and remind everyone else that sometimes a master of one medium isn’t a natural fit for another.