...with otherwise the same cast of characters aside from Stern. Will he rationalize that their production quality is better back out in Hollywood? That they've decided to concentrate on serious acts instead of children and water skiing squirrels? That he was sabotaged by his fellow judges and the producers not bringing the best out in him or editing out who he really is? etcetera etcetera. Or will he ignore the rating surges completely with strict instructions to staff to never broach the subject or let any callers through who are anxious to do so? Whaddya thinking @Benjamen @puncher, and all? How's he gonna try to spin the inevitable "Simon Effect" ?