The shock jock loved some acts, but, in response to a terrible singer's revelation that his parents had died, Stern asked, "of embarrassment?"
In his debut as a judge on "America's Got Talent" Monday, Howard Stern was nearly everything viewers and critics had hoped he would be: funny, charming, and brutally honest.
Sitting alongside Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel, Stern was at his most blunt with a Michael Jackson impersonator. After the faux MJ's terrible performance, the singer mentioned his parents were both dead. "And they died of embarrassment?" Stern asked.
Later, Stern jumped on stage to dance with a shirtless sax player named Simply Sergio and sang his rejection to another contestant.
And though initially skeptical of contestant William Close, who built and played a series of instruments that spanned the entire stage, Stern eventually told Close, "I bow to you." He said Close's type of talent was the reason he became a judge on the show.
Watch Stern's reaction to Close's performance:
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