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It's been rumored for a while. Now it's true: Howard Stern announced on his satellite-radio show Thursday morning that he signed a contract to become the new judge on NBC's America's Got Talent. The show confirmed the announcement.

His show (@SternShow) tweeted: "It's official - Howard just signed on the dotted line — he is now the newest judge on America's Got Talent! #H100 #AGT"

Howard Stern in talks to join America's Got Talent

"I take judging very seriously," Stern said on his show ThursdayTalent

will relocate to New York from its Los Angeles headquarters, to accommodate the radio host's schedule on SiriusXM. "Howard Stern's larger-than-life personality will bring a thrilling new dynamic to America's Got Talent starting this summer," said Paul Telegdy, NBC's president of alternative and late-night programming. "He's a proven innovator and his track record in broadcasting is truly remarkable. Howard is very passionate about this show and is fully committed to its future success."

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After Piers Morgan announced he would be stepping down from his position as a judge in November, rumors began circulating that Stern would fill the open slot.Stern will join Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel as judges on what was last summer's most popular show. (The finale entertained 14 million viewers.)Do you think Stern will make a good judge on America's Got Talent?