Let it be known that Howard Stern is the Regina George of America's Got Talent!
The NBC reality hit returns for its ninth season tonight and all four judges, including Stern, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B., are set to reunite after a whole lot of time apart. Which Stern was totally OK with!
"I lead a pretty busy life. I like all the judges, but I wasn't pining away for them, to be honest," the legendary radio host told E! News' Alicia Quarles.
Hey, you gotta give him credit for being honest!
However, Klum, who hosted Germany's Next Top Model while on hiatus from AGT, admitted she definitely missed the reality talent competition's crew. "It was hard to not be with them anymore in the last four months, so it's so nice to see everyone again," she said. "I miss them!"
But just because they didn't see each other every day in between filming of seasons eight and nine doesn't mean they weren't in touch, as Mandel revealed the judges' scandalous secret.
"From time to time we will exchange inappropriate pictures online, but we don't really talk, so that it's fresh and new each and every season," he joked.
And now that they are reunited, Mel B. shared that the foursome recently had a nice dinner at Stern's house, but only because they forced him to!
"We just invited ourselves again to Howard's dinner party that we're making him have for us again," she spilled. "We just unofficially invite ourselves, it's quite funny!"
As for Stern, he didn't mind having his fellow judges over for a good time, telling us, "They came over, we had a nice time. They kept begging me to come over to my apartment and have a dinner party, so we gave them a dinner party. It's fine. I do have a good time with them."
To hear more from Stern, Mandel, Klum and Mel B., including who is secretly drinking "vodka" at the judges' table and whether or not season nine will be Stern's last, watch our interviews with them above!
America's Got Talent returns to NBC tonight at 8 p.m.
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