- Howard Stern releases video of audience members at a taping in his defense
- Stern will likely bring explicit content to "America's Got Talent," a group warns
- The Parents Television Council aims to protect children from excess in entertainment
- Stern is scheduled to debut as a judge on May 14
Shock jock Howard Stern's addition as a judge on NBC's "America's Got Talent" could cost advertisers "countless millions of dollars in customer goodwill," a parents group is warning.
"NBC's decision to add Mr. Stern to AGT will likely result in a sharp increase in explicit content, and we urge you to be mindful when considering a media buy," Tim Winter, president of the Parents Television Council, said in a letter to 91 companies that have previously bought time on the show.
Stern, whose show is heard on Sirius XM Radio, was hired to replace CNN host Piers Morgan as a judge for the seventh season of the highly rated talent competition. The show, which returns to TV on May 14, is mostly broadcast live.
NBC did not respond to multiples CNN requests for comment on the letter Monday morning.
Stern's publicist pointed CNN to an online video of interviews of three unidentified women who attended a recent show taping. All three women said before the taping that they expect to Stern to be crude. They each praised his performance afterward.
"He wasn't that crude today," one woman said. "He did make a 7-year-old cry; however, I think he did a great job and he was fair."
Another woman said she cried when Stern hugged that child to make him feel better.