Howard Stern is no stranger to uncomfortable situations, but it was America’s Got Talent that really took him out of his comfort zone.
You’d expect that Stern’s immune to public discomfort based on his career as head of a raunchy radio show. Turns out all it takes is the pressure to be himself, as a judge on a family TV program. In his new book, Howard Stern Comes Again the veteran DJ reminisces on his time as a judge on America’s Got Talent.
“Throughout my career I had put myself in uncomfortable situations, from dressing in women’s clothing on the Late Show With David Letterman to donning the infamous ass-baring Fartman costume on the MTV Music Video Awards,” Stern, 65, writes. “…Yet appearing unguarded and undisguised on AGT might have been the most uncomfortable I had ever felt.”
The long time radio personality appeared as a judge on the NBC talent competition from seasons 7 through 10. As a result, Simon Cowell would go on take his seat at the judges table.
Following the news that Stern would be leaving in 2015 he said, “I did the most shocking thing of my career – I was on a family show.”
This was a completely new experience for the star who’s spent decades performing for an adult audience.
This is Stern’s third nonfiction title after, Private Parts in 1993 and Miss America in 1996. The book will also include transcripts of his most memorable celebrity interviews from his career. Most noteworthy, are conversations with George Michael, Gilda Radner, and Carly Simon.
“My interviewing technique was like bashing someone in the face with a sledgehammer,” the radio host wrote. “I was like the Joker, and all I wanted to do was cause chaos.”
Howard Stern Comes Again will be available for pre-order Tuesday, May 14, 2019.