Stern made his exit on Wednesday after four seasons

By Naja Rayne
Updated September 16, 2015 11:00 PM
Credit: Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

After four seasons of judging NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Howard Stern left the show with an emotional sign off on Wednesday.

In a segment dedicated to the 61-year-old’s exit, the former host appears walking through New York City as he looks back on what he’s loved about judging contestants and being in New York.

“If I had any dream about this, it’s that I could take someone who was struggling and seriously give advice,” he says in the video. “I was told over and over again that I had no talent. I was in college radio. No one was banking on me.

“When I was a kid, if you would’ve said to me one day you’ll be on live television from radio city music hall, I wouldn’t have believed you.”

In the video, the New York-native is seen interacting with fans of the show, breaking the news to some of them that he’s leaving, to which they respond they’re “sorry to see [him] go.”

“New York is just kind of who I am,” Stern adds. “I felt really fortunate that I could be the guy responsible for bringing the show to New York.”

The radio host also credits his stint on America’s Got Talent – which announced this year’s winner, British ventriloquist Paul Zerdin, tonight – for bringing him a new fan base.

“I’ll go to a restaurant and parents will bring over their 10-year-olds to sit on my lap to take a picture,” he says. “I’m like ‘Oh my god.’ It’s kind of funny to me because this never happened to me in my career.”

Stern announced his departure in June, saying on his radio show, “I really, really did struggle with this decision because I’ve been working a long time. I really wanted to decide if this was going to take away too much free time.”