Howard Stern took the place of Piers Morgan for the first time beside returning America's Got Talent judges Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel, hosted by Nick Cannon, on Monday night's season seven premiere of the NBC show.

Though Stern was both self-depreciating and self-aggrandizing with comments like, "These executives at NBC must be out of their mind to take a risk on me," Stern proved to be relatively well behaved on the network talent show.

Stern has been a fan of America's Got Talent throughout its previous six seasons, and now he calls the opportunity to be its new judge "one of the most fun experiences I've ever had in my life." Despite Stern's relative lack of vulgarity, he managed to slip in a few jabs at some of the less impressive contestants.

Of the magician / dance act performed by Aoni Jackson, Stern said, "I wanted to see some magic and all I saw was a guy with his pants off and a rather small package, quite frankly."

At the offset, the dancers didn't impress shock-jock Stern. "When the dance acts come on, I hit fast forward." However, Stern had to amend his previous conclusion when the Light Wire Theater group danced a performance piece in which they appeared to morph into glowing dinosaurs. "We are the greatest country in the world," Stern said, trying his hand at some "sappy," crowd-pleasing patriotism. "We have the most creative people. You're everything that makes America great. I applaud your originality and I thank you for lifting everyone's spirit."

Tune in for more Howard Stern on America's Got Talent Monday and Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.

Watch the Light Wire Theater perform on America's Got Talent here:

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  • GJS
    GJS on

    I'm not typically a big fan of that kind of thing, but that was admittedly awesome. Stern's uber-patriotic comment was somewhat unnecessary and off-topic though… I'm decidedly Team Sharon!

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