12/17/2012 05:16 pm ET

Rosie O'Donnell Is Howard Stern's Pick To Replace Sharon Osbourne On 'America's Got Talent'

"America's Got Talent" has just confirmed that Howard Stern will return to the NBC show in the summer of 2013. And although no "official" word has been confirmed yet as to who will be joining him, Howard has made it clear he would love to be sitting next to Rosie O'Donnell.

"Rosie and Howard have had a tough past but now they are great friends," a friend of Howard's tells The Huffington Post. "He thinks she is a great talent and will bring a new energy to that show."

Howard joined the series in 2012, replacing Piers Morgan after he left to focus on his CNN show. Since then, Sharon Osbourne announced she would not be returning to the show after a public fight with NBC over her son Jack's treatment on "Stars Earn Stripes."

"NBC wants to keep Howard happy, and the chemistry between the judges is what makes the show a huge success," a network insider says. "Just think what Rosie did when she joined 'The View' -- suddenly the show became must-see TV again. At the moment, a list of names exists, but if it were solely up to Howard, Rosie would get the job."

Rosie told The Huffington Post that if offered the position she would definitely consider it.

NBC did not return calls for comment.

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