12/18/2012 08:03 pm ET

Rosie O'Donnell Thinks Howard Stern Is 'A Genius,' Judging 'America's Got Talent' Would Be 'A Thrill'

After Howard Stern was confirmed for "America's Got Talent" Season 8, he made no secret of the fact he was rooting for Rosie O'Donnell to replace recently departed Sharon Osbourne behind the judges' table.

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

O'Donnell told The Huffington Post that she'd consider the judging position, but in a recent interview with The New York Observer, the comedienne was more overt about her interest.

“Next year there are some things on the horizon,” she told the Observer. “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."

As for what kind of judge she thinks she'd be, O'Donnell admitted, "I think I’d probably be nicer than most but I think I’d be honest. I think [Stern] is a genius, so to work with him would be a thrill for me.” Producer Simon Cowell, however, is rumored to be considering Carmen Electra for the judging role.

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