Simon Cowell will be returning to the screen in the U.S. as a judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent for the upcoming 11th season, replacing Howard Stern who left after a four-season stint.

The former American Idol judge created the Got Talent format that first launched with AGT in 2006. He will continue his role as executive producer of America’s Got Talent.

“I am really thrilled to be joining America’s Got Talent next season,” said Cowell. “What I love about this show is that it’s open to absolutely anyone. America has some fantastic talent just waiting to be discovered, and I would like that talent to come to our show, including any dogs who can sing!”

Stern announced he was ending his four-year run as AGT judge last month.

This past season of America’s Got Talent averaged 12.5 million viewers overall with its Tuesday edition, with a 2.9 rating, 10 share in adults 18-49, ranking it No. 1 among summer alternative series in total viewers for a 10th consecutive year, according to NBC and Nielsen. Auditions for the upcoming season are underway.

America’s Got Talent is produced by FremantleMedia North America and Syco Entertainment. Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane and Richard Wallace executive produce along with Cowell.