Howard Stern Shows Heart on America’s Got Talent

From left: Sharon Osbourne, Howard Stern and Howie Mandel

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updated 05/15/2012 AT 1:45 PM ET

originally published 05/14/2012 AT 10:45 PM ET

Howard Stern made his debut on America’s Got Talent Monday night, taking a seat next to Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel on the show’s seventh season premiere.

“These executives at NBC must be out of their mind to take a risk on me,” he said at the top of the hour. But in fact, the radio shock jock showed a lot of heart and proved he’s got talent – for judging!

When the Light Wire Theater group performed a dance routine featuring glow-in-the-dark dinosaurs, Stern, who pointed out earlier in the night that he was the only American on the panel, had a moment of patriotism. “We are the greatest country in the world. We have the most creative people. You’re everything that makes America great,” he told the dancers. “I applaud your originality and I thank you for lifting everyone’s spirit.”


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