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Howard Stern is on his way back to America’s Got Talent.

With Sharon Osbourne departing the NBC competition, Paul Telegdy – President of Alternative and Late Night Programming for NBC Entertainment – confirmed in a press release today that the shock jock will return as a panelist for Season 8.

“Howard Stern’s towering presence and opinions on last season’s show as a new judge made a dramatic impact and added a sharper edge to the fascinating developments on stage.

Howard Stern at David Letterman
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“We know that Howard believes in America’s Got Talent – which remains America’s top-rated summer series – and that dedication comes across in a genuine way to our viewers who share his passion about our amazing talent competition.”

Auditions for the 2013 run of AGT kick off next week in Birmingham. Are you excited for Stern’s return?