Simon Cowell: I’m Replacing Howard Stern on America’s Got Talent

Norman Weiss
TV Tattle

Simon Cowell: I’m replacing Howard Stern on America’s Got Talent

Cowell, who produces America’s Got Talent, will return next year to reality TV judging on American television six years after leaving American Idol and after three disappointing seasons of The X Factor. "We've been talking about it for a few years, funny enough, me and NBC,” Cowell tells Us Weekly, adding that he and NBC first discussed him becoming a judge five years ago. "This year ... everything worked. So it was perfect.” Cowell's addition means that, barring any more changes, there will be no American judges on America's Got Talent next season. PLUS: Hacked Sony e-mails earlier revealed that Cowell lobbied to replace Stern.