http://newyork.newsday.com/entertai...lent-runner-up-tom-cotter-tells-all-1.4010437 "........................Cotter, who has won his share of national comedy-festival contests in his 25-year career, also credits the rave reviews from the show's judges â€” Howard Stern, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel â€” as another reason he's thankful for the experience. "There was not one negative syllable uttered by them [to me] the entire season," he said. "They were really, really nice to me from the very first audition till the end â€” even when the cameras weren't rolling, especially after I lost on Thursday night. Howard, in particular, was just unbelievably supportive and wonderful to me, and it meant the world to me." Before the finale, Cotter was frustrated he couldn't weigh in on a controversy over his representation. When the New York Post reportedly planned to run a story about a supposed conflict of interest because he and Cotter are represented by the same agency (Don Buchwald and Associates), Stern lashed out, saying "AGT" knew about the situation from the start and that the shock jock didn't stand to gain anything if Cotter won. Cotter said NBC issued a gag order until the season came to a close. "It's a completely nonstory, and the nonstory is this: It's like ICM or 3Arts or CAA â€” it's one of those big agencies that has thousands of clients. I've been with Don Buchwald and Associates, in their commercial department, for about 12 years. ... I had never met Howard in my entire life until after the first live audition [for this season of 'AGT']. ... Then the [New York] Post says, 'We're going to run a story that it's inappropriate that you have the same agent.' Well, Don Buchwald only handles one guy, and that's Howard Stern. And all of his other agents are the guys who handle us, the guys who are way down on the totem pole, and those are the guys I deal with."..........................."