American Idol producers want Howard Stern to replace Simon
NY POST: “American Idol” producers are eager to hire Howard Stern to replace Simon Cowell as the show’s tough-talking judge, sources tell Page Six.
An insider said that producers of the hit Fox show say Stern, America’s highest-paid radio personality, is their top choice to take over from Cowell, who leaves at the end of this season. They approached the King of All Media after he repeatedly mentioned on-air that his exclusive Sirius XM Radio deal expires next January and he was open to other offers. Cowell was paid $50 million a year.
A source connected to “Idol” said, “It’s one of the few shows that could compete with Stern’s $100 million-a-year Sirius contract, and ‘Idol’ bosses think he’d be even nastier than Simon.
“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.”
But a second source told us Stern hasn’t made the “Idol” talks easy, and has been giving out mixed messages about his intentions.
“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.”
Stern is also believed to be reluctant to commit to a show that would require him to tour the US as a judge and spend much of the year in Los Angeles.
He recently said, somewhat cryptically, “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 . . . I’m not even sure if I want to be working. I’m waiting to see what happens.”
This will never happen. Even if they moved the show to New York, Stern would not travel around the country to listen to the initial auditions. Stern would love to take the job, considering he is into the show more than a prepubescent girl. I think he would be awesome on it, insulting Seacrest, Ellen, Randy, and most likely key Fox executives by the second show.
Let’s not forget this is another show or concept that Stern claimed to conceive, because he used to have 3 record producers on his show to listen to amateur bands, and have them fight for a contract. Of course Stern has interviewed Kevin Bacon, therefore by 6 or less degrees of separation, Stern has invented every concept ever used on TV since Stern’s first shows on college radio. He will inform you of this fact repeatedly as well.
This is nothing but a PR move by FOX to promote Idol, on a FOX owned newspaper, as a viable show. This comes on the heels of the mass realization that the show has grown stale, lost it’s key talent, and was gay from the beginning. Not homosexual gay, but just gay like having sex with another man in his anus.
This is the last you will hear of this, unless you listen to The Howard Stern Radio Show, where he will talk about it repeatedly, and refer to it until he retires.