“America’s Got Talent” is moving once again — only this time, it’s just from New Jersey to New York City, instead of across the country. Starting in July with live shows twice a week, the reality competition will shift filming from the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark to Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan.
Last year, to accommodate new judge and hopeful ratings booster Howard Stern, the show moved taping from Los Angeles to Newark, N.J. — closer to Stern, who broadcasts his daily Sirius satellite radio show out of NYC.
Now, according to reports, Stern would like to cut his commute even shorter, as he was unhappy with the “stress” of the traveling from his radio studio downtown to New Jersey. In its announcement, NBC cited “creative reasons” for the move, in addition to a “recent extension and enhancement of the New York Production Tax Credit,” and gave a shout out to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“We have the resources, the talented workforce, and the best venues, including the iconic Radio City Music Hall, which will be sure to inspire the contestants of ‘America’s Got Talent’ — and all the visitors who flock to see it,” Cuomo said in a statement.
The move to Radio City Music Hall — right around the corner from NBC headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Plaza — is just the latest in a series of changes brought to “AGT,” including bringing in former Spice Girl Mel B and supermodel Heidi Klum as judges to replace Sharon Osbourne. This will be Stern’s second year on the program, though the ratings still dropped on the show last year.