And not by his own choice, the comedian maintains. “They haven’t told me yet,” he tells Zap2it. “I would love to be there, and I will be there if they ask me.”
Of the other most recent “Talent” judges, Sharon Osbourne has left the program, and Howard Stern‘s future with the competition also is yet uncertain.
“If it was up to me, yes, I’d return,” Mandel says, “but it’s not up to me. It’s up to NBC, so we’ll see what they do. I had a great time this past year. I love Howard and Sharon, and I know them beyond show business. It was great to sit on the panel with two friends, but that is show business: You never know what you’re going to do tomorrow.”
Actually, Mandel does know, at least for the very near future. The “Deal or No Deal” and “St. Elsewhere” veteran is still working for NBC as the host and an executive producer of “Take It All,” a big-prize game show that begins an almost nightly one-week run Monday, Dec. 10.
Starting something new, as he continues doing some 200 stand-up-comedy dates a year, defines what Mandel terms “the love and the hate of this business. I love that I don’t know what I’ll be doing next summer. If I wanted a steady job, I probably wouldn’t have been in this business.”