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June 24, 2015 04:15 PM

Howard Stern will not be returning to the judges’ table for season 11 of America’s Got Talent.

After four seasons on the reality competition series, Stern, 61, announced the news on his radio show Wednesday morning.

His departure is not much of a surprise – in a network statement released back in 2013 when NBC announced Stern’s return for season 9, it appeared as if his choice to quit sooner rather than later was an inevitability: “I really, really did struggle with this decision because … I’ve been working a long time,” he said. “I really wanted to decide if this was going to take away too much … free time.

“Did I really still enjoy doing it? Did I have something to say? Is it something I should be involved with still?” He then conceded, jokingly, that the “big black hole” inside him that “demands attention won.”

However, it looks like that particular void has been filled. Stern will continue on the judging panel alongside Howie Mandel, Mel B. and Heidi Klum until he makes his final bow later this summer.

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