Howard Stern, a former judge on “America’s Got Talent,” slammed Simon Cowell and claims he “orchestrated” the situation that prompted NBC to heat judges Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough from their contracts after the most recent season wrapped.
“How is it that Simon Cowell has orchestrated this?” Stern said Monday on his SiriusXM radio show.
“He sets it up that the men stay, no matter how ugly they are, no matter how old they are, no matter how fat they are, no matter how talentless they are,” Stern continued on “The Howard Stern Show,” later adding that it’s “obvious” that “AGT” continuously switches out female judges for “hotter chicks and younger chicks.” Stern served as a judge on “America’s Got Talent” for four seasons from 2012 through 2015.
Howie Mandel is the longest-serving judge, having joined in 2010.
Mel B and Heidi Klum most recently served as judges with Mandel and Cowell from Season 8 through Season 13 before they departed and Union and Hough joined for Season 14.
Following Variety’s exclusive news that Union and Hough would not be asked back for the next season and subsequent reports of harmful culture, “America’s Got Talent” has been subject to widespread comment. Per Variety’s report, Union approached producers about speaking with human resources about a joke made by guest judge Jay Leno that offended staffers of Asian descent.