Kathie Lee & Hoda: Howie Mandel Interview
Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb talked with Howie Mandel, one of the judges on America’s Got Talent, about the live shows, the Top 48, his acting days with Kathie Lee and much more.
Howie Mandel: Spinning Out Of Control
In 2001, Howie Mandel starred in a movie with Kathie Lee Gifford called Spinning Out Of Control. The movie was about a sitcom star’s (Kathie Lee Gifford) battle with drugs and alcohol exposes a dark side, which frustrates her manager (Howie Mandel). The movie was shot in Toronto and Kathie Lee wanted Howie for the part.
Howie Mandel: America’s Got Talent Top 48
Howie Mandel said they have whittled it down to the Top 48 on America’s Got Talent. On July 2 2012, the first 12 of the Top 48 performed. On July 3 2012, the top four from that group will move on.
Howie said it now becomes more of a popularity contest than a talent contest and America votes for personality. He said it’s different to see it live than how it plays on TV. Mandel said America complains about who the judges send home, but he said they have to respond and they have to vote.
Howie Mandel: Howard Stern As A Judge
Kathie Lee and Hoda said that many people feel that Howard Stern is taking over the show, since this is his first year as a judge on America’s Got Talent. Howie Mandel said Stern is doing what he does and what he was brought to the show to do. Mandel said he loves being on the East Coast because people are excited to see us and be a part of the show.
Howie Mandel: Tougher On Comedians?
Kathie Lee Gifford asked if he was tougher for comedians, since he is a comedian and he is judging them. How Mandel said he is very subjective and being a comedian is very hard. Who is to say what funny is? Mandel said hopefully it transcends to a crowd. Mandel said he thinks they have better talent than they have ever had and the top four might be obvious from last night. The live results show airs on July 3 2012 on NBC at 8/7c.