Howie Mandel back on America's Got Talent

12:19 PM, Feb 13, 2013   |    comments
Howard Stern, left, host Nick Cannon, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel were in the 'America's Got Talent' lineup last season. Mandel is rejoining Stern on the judges' table this summer, but who will replace Osbourne? (Photo: Virginia Sherwood, AP)
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(USA TODAY) Howie Mandel is returning to his judge's chair for his fifth season of NBC's America's Got Talent.

The move was no surprise, and it was revealed on NBC-owned Access Hollywood late Tuesday. A bigger question mark was whether Howard Stern would return for a second season, but that was resolved when he agreed to come back last month.

That leaves one more chair to be filled: Sharon Osbourne, who has appeared on the show since 2007 but called it quits last summer (she remains a panelist on CBS daytime show The Talk).

AGT is reliably summer's top series and unlikeAmerican Idol, The Voice and other singing competitions features a wider variety of talent including contortionists, jugglers and comedians. The show relocated to the New York area last summer to accommodate Stern, whose Sirius XM radio show is based there.

Gary Levin, USA TODAY

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