NEW YORK — Howard Stern is just one of the names industry spectators are floating as a possible replacement for David Letterman.

At least for now though, the longtime radio personality says of the idea, “My plate is full.”

Stern, 60, one of the judges on “America’s Got Talent,” was in New York for auditions for that show on Friday, the day after Letterman announced that he would retire from hosting his late-night TV talk show in 2015.

He stressed Letterman’s impact on late-night TV and said he’s sad to see him leave.

Stern said he enjoyed his appearances on the “Late Show with David Letterman.”

“I’ve been doing the show for years and years and I’ve had so many funny, great times with him that, you know, it’ll be weird not to have him there.”


Stern also said there are few people in show business whose opinion matters to him, and Letterman is one.

One of Stern’s fellow “America’s Got Talent” judges, Heidi Klum, supports the idea of Stern taking over for Letterman, saying he’d be perfect.

“Howard is very special, you know? He gets right to the chase. He’s not scared of anything, and I like that about him. He gets things out of people. Sometimes people don’t even want to … say certain things, and he gets it out of them.”

“America’s Got Talent” returns in May.

– From news service reports

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