Whatever floats your boat, but Stern I find to be just unlikable. He appeals to New Yorkers and those that identify with whatever it is about Stern's show that attracts them. I have no idea what qualifies him to judge singers, dancers, magicians, ventriloquists, and the rest. I know I'm certainly a better judge of those things. With Stern it's all about him. He had the show moved to New York. This show should be all over America; it's about American talent, not about a New York egotist.
The producers of the show couldn't find a singer or dancer or entertainment personality, or a producer of such? It's the myopia and elitism of the entertainment industry thinking the rest of America has the same interests and values they do. Fail.
So how's the show doing? Week one of the new season had 10.5 million viewers. Last year the opening show had 15.3 million viewers. Lowest rating since the show started in 2006.
We can't know if Stern is the reason for the drop. He was hired to boost ratings. If they don't go up during the season... Fail. I for one will skip this season, and if he remains will be done with the show. I've got Netflix and my Kindle for entertainment. There are some people we just don't like. Stern, for me, is one of them.