Simon Cowell is back on American reality TV as he is set to replace Howard Stern as a judge on NBC?s America?s Got Talent. The English music executive, most known for being one of the original judges on Fox?s American Idol, shared his excitement to finally be on the show (he was previously offered a seat on the panel about 5 or 6 years ago) via Twitter.
?The good news is America?s Got Talent is back next year and the even better news is so am I!,? the producer notoriously known for his outspoken nature tweeted on Thursday. Cowell is responsible for the talent show?s format, which debuted back in 2006.
?I think at the point we really knew Howard wasn’t going to come back, we then had serious conversations with NBC. I thought, ‘I think this is the right time.’ So, I’m excited about it,” he said during an interview with USA Today.
Viewers can expect Cowell to be his same straightforward self on the show. “I like to think that I’m a positive judge because I want to find someone good, but I can’t lie to people when they’re useless. I would never do that, on or off camera,” he shared during the same interview. One Direction, Fifth Harmony and Susan Boyle are products of ?The X Factor? and ?Britain?s Got Talent?, both of which were created by Cowell.
“Simon knows this format better than anyone and he’s been producing the show with us since the beginning, so we’re thrilled to have him to step in front of the camera and take his rightful place at the head of the judges’ panel,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt in a statement.
The show will hold Season 11 auditions in 12 cities – Detroit (November 7), New York (November 14) and Phoenix (December 3). More information can be found at?www.AGTAuditions.com.