February 09, 2010 08:00 AM by Nancy Floyd
With Simon Cowell‘s contract up this year, American Idol producers are desperate to find a worthy replacement for the sourpuss Brit who propelled the show to success. Lots of names have been thrown around as possible successors for Cowell, but the most notable (and most shocking) is radio bad boy, Howard Stern…
With Stern’s contract with Sirius up in 2011, the shock jock is allegedly lobbying for the position on the American Idol judging panel. After repeatedly mentioning on-air that he’s “open to other offers” once his radio contract is up next January, Howard Stern was reportedly approached by producers of the FOX reality competition.
“Idol bosses think he’d be even nastier than Simon,” a source toldÂ theÂ New York Post. “They know he would be great TV and would clash with the other judges such as Ellen Degeneres and the contestants. Idol will do what it takes to sign him.”
Stern all but confirmed the offer on the air during last Wednesday’s broadcast when he made the following statement:
“I was approached by a major TV network to take over a TV show and leave here and do that next year — and I did turn it down. Well, I didn’t turn it down. I started to entertain it and think about it, and then I probably think my demands are pretty heavy and they were attempting to negotiate and I said ‘You don’t have to.’Â I’m not even sure if I want to be working. I’m waiting to see what happens.”
Another source claims that Stern has no real interest in joining the American Idol judging panel but is using the negotiations as leverage in his own contract with Sirius.Â ”Despite what he’s been saying on-air, Howard isn’t ready to leave radio and would like to stay on at Sirius,” the source said. “We believe this is a ploy to make Sirius pay up and keep him on his huge contract. But if Sirius can’t pay him the money he wants, he may negotiate to filmÂ Idol on the side.”
Simon Cowell struck a deal last month with FOX to leave American Idol after the current season in order to produce a new reality competition called The X Factor in the fall of 2011. Several names have been thrown around as Cowell’s replacement including singing superstar Elton John, actor/rapper Jamie Foxx, America’s Got Talent judge Piers Morgan, and music producer (and former Mr. Mariah Carey) Tommy Mottola.
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