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American Idol: Howard Stern to Replace Simon Cowell?

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 told the 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.’ 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. ”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 film 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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4 Responses to “American Idol: Howard Stern to Replace Simon Cowell?”

  1. joe34952 Says:
    February 9th, 2010 at 8:40 am

    If Howard Stern replaces Simon Cowell on American Idol,I will never watch the show again! Stern is a sick degenerate skum bag! I, along with millions of other people, have absolutely NO respect for him. If you agree with me, speak up and let your voice be heard!

  2. clairev Says:
    February 9th, 2010 at 9:26 am

    NOOOOOOOOO! Are you kidding me? You know all I have heard out of this guys mouth for years is “Show me your $%&s!!!” and “Are you 2 girls lesbians?” I cannot….CANNOT believe for one second that this jerk could be fair in his decisions becuase he is such a sex freak and does not give a rat’s a@#$ about anyone that is not 18 -25 and has large boobs. I mean really, what a joke. It would ruin the show. How could they even consider this?

  3. happycamper Says:
    February 9th, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Sorry, but if Howard Stern replaces Simon, I will no longer watch American Idol.

  4. Jean P Kahr Says:
    February 9th, 2010 at 11:21 am

    It surprises me to see FOX trying to replace maturity and witts with stupidity an more stupid arrogance, as is the case in American Idol with Simon Cowell and Howard Stern. I can’t explain why FOX would take part in such degrading move, What are we doing to our American Youth? how much ignominy are they supposed to take in order to prove their talents. Bad as it was, Simon Cowell had certain limitations and even in his worst days, he would have a liniency specially with mediators like his assistants. Please FOX, I respect your political approach but I don’t condone more humilliation on the participants of A. I. , please have some decency and taste in the viewers too, some of them are our friends and/or families, we like the show, don’t bring it to the level of mockery to our intellects with low class judging,. I vote in the absence of better, for Pierse Morgan, that has more class.


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