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Howard Stern, basking in the limelight again, at an "America's Got Talent" news conference last week. (Stephen Chernin/Reuters)

“Some find themselves underemployed, some need the additional marketing traction and some are just bored. They all need the attention.”

— Hank Stuever on why “taking a TV judging job is the new late-career choice for the nation’s celebrity class,” in his review of the no-longer-shocking shock jock Howard Stern’s “America’s Got Talent” debut. “He’s been a little lonely, we think,” Stuever surmises. Sadly for him, AGT’s overnight ratings were a dud, reports Lisa de Moraes.

In other news: Ellen DeGeneres named the next recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Though the award used to have a lifetime-achievement aura about it, it’s the third straight year (after Tina Fey and Will Ferrell) the Kennedy Center has recognized a comic at mid-career peak.

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