The rumors that Howard Stern was being considered to replace Simon Cowell on ‘American Idol’ seemed false when they first broke last week, but Stern himself confirmed them this morning on his Sirius radio show. ““There’s not a better job on the planet than judging that f—ing karaoke contest… I would do that show for $100 million,” he said.
The Wrap reports that Stern went on an extended riff about the possibility of hosting ‘Idol‘ once Cowell departs to develop an American version of his televised talent show ‘The X Factor.’ “It might be possible, we’ll see,” Stern said. “They’d have to pay me a ton of dough because I already make a ton of dough.” He added that if he were to take the ‘Idol’ gig, he probably would leave radio.
Stern’s $500 million contract with Sirius expires at the end of 2010, and he’s previously expressed discontent with the company, even going so far as to say that he likely wouldn’t re-sign with them.
Whether this recent ‘Idol’ speculation is a sign that the show will go in a radically different direction once Cowell leaves or merely a contract-negotiating tactic is still up in the air, but one thing’s for sure: Stern’s bite is still very much intact. In addition to speculating that Ryan Seacrest would leave ‘Idol’ with Cowell, he had some nasty things to say about the appearance of season-three ‘Idol’ winner Fantasia Barrino, saying that her looks weren’t up to snuff when compared to pop stars like Rihanna and Britney Spears. According to the Stern fan site MarksFriggin.com he also posited that newly arriving judge Ellen DeGeneres would ruin the show with her presence.
In the meantime, the ‘Idol’ powers that be have released a new ad for this week’s Hollywood Week episodes — the first to feature DeGeneres and her advice to hopefuls, which includes some tips on appropriate footwear for the auditions: