Early in the show, Howard said he'd spoken with the producers and learned the identity of its rumored 4th judge--no one: "There's no fourth judge." Robin wasn't surprised, saying Simon had already fulfilled his desire for a 'glam' judge: "You're the glamour!" Howard said he also refused the producers' request that he fly to LA for "the Critics something or other": "I said I can't do that either. [And] well, I am being helpful, actually. Because when you do something lame, it just lames up the excitement about everything." He's done this for years: "90% of what I do is just say no to stuff."