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NBC denies being in talks with Rosie O'Donnell to judge 'America's Got Talent'

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 12/21/2012 

NBC has denied it's in discussions with Rosie O'Donnell to have her replace departing judge Sharon Osbourne on next year's America's Got Talent judging panel.

"NBC is not in talks with Rosie O'Donnell for America's Got Talent and has no future plans for her to be a judge," a network representative said in a statement, according to Deadline Hollywood.

O'Donnell will appear on an NBC program scripted series, however.

"She will be playing herself on an upcoming episode of Smash when Bombshell opens on Broadway," the representative added.

Reports O'Donnell was in talks with NBC to judge America's Got Talent first surfaced after the comedienne made the claim herself in a recent interview with The New York Observer.

"Next year there are some things on the horizon. I am very interested in doing America's Got Talent with Howard Stern and I am talking to them. Let's see how that works," O'Donnell said, adding that she believes she would be a fair judge.

"I think I'd probably be nicer than most but I think I'd be honest. I think he [newly-confirmed returning judge Howard Stern] is a genius, so to work with him would be a thrill for me."

Yesterday, O'Donnell told The Huffington Post she would "definitely consider" judging the reality talent competition series' upcoming eighth edition if given the opportunity. 

Osbourne announced she was quitting America's Got Talent in August. 

The show's seventh season concluded in September with Olate Dogs being crowned the winning act. Simon Cowell has reportedly wanted actress and former reality TV star Carmen Electra, whom Cowell recently admitted he's dating, to become a new judge for awhile now.

Auditions for America's Got Talent's eighth season are currently underway.

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