I’m sorry, but the latest rumored replacement for Simon Cowell on Idol? Howard Stern? Seriously? The New York Post says so!

Via Page6

“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.

I find it hard to believe Idol producers would hire a personality as polarizing as Stern’s–especially amongst their core audience of women–as their replacement for Cowell. And the dude’s not exactly family friendly, either. WTF?

Sources tell Page 6 that Stern is only negotiating with FOX as a ploy to get his current employers, Sirius Satellite Radio to pony up enough dough to keep him on the air.

Err. Whatever.

The parade of Cowell replacement rumors between now and Season 10 is going to be fun to watch, considering how ridiculous it’s gotten already.

ETA: By the way, Howard Stern watches American Idol religiously. Back in Season 6, Howard got behind Vote for the Worst’s attempt to keep Sanjaya Malakar in the running–even inviting VFTW’s Dave to be a guest on his show…

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  • frogcooke

    LOL wtf indeed. not buying it either.

  • http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=227878099299 Diane

    Surely not. If this is true, it would be enough to make me stop watching AI, and I truly love that (cheesy) show.

  • http://stores.ebay.com/BookWomanBlues-Book-Nook Bobbi

    If they ever did, it would be the last AI show I’d watch! Would be really stupid on their part, so I hope you’re right, mj!

  • butte009

    I definitely wouldn’t watch anymore. If people think there is too much focus on the judges now then why even bother having anyone audition if Howard Stern is a judge?

  • Tess

    Lift your shirt and show me your boobs…how enticing. At least it would bring a male audience to American Idol and there would be lots of bikini girls auditioning….

    Oh the images…..the “Family friendly” American Idol viewers wouldn’t know what hit them!! Funny, funny, funny!

  • Kanadie Bonttell

    I listen to Stern everyday….and all I have to say is settle down! Stern has spoke about being a judge on Idol on several occasions, and he has no desire what so ever! He is a New Yorker, and has no desire to move to LA, so unless Idol is planning on moving to New York, I see absolutely no chance of this at all. So don’t worry about it….though I do believe he would be a great judge based on his complete desire to say what he honestly thinks. :)
    Also, if you think he is interested in the 50 million a year Cowell makes on Idol…please note that he makes over a 100 million a year doing his show.

  • http://www.planetfierce.proboards.com/ mgk

    Gross. Though it really shows what AI thinks of Simon’s personality. lol

    They need someone that’s 85% asshole and 15% charming. So far, it seems like they’re going for 100% repulsive.

  • sonyab

    ROFL! It should be Gordan Ramsey! Or Katy Perry! :)

  • abbysee

    Lift your shirt and show me your boobs…how enticing. At least it would bring a male audience to American Idol and there would be lots of bikini girls auditioning….

    He would fit in the Kara, she did have the guy damn near disrobe the other night.

    I wouldn’t watch because if you add another person without any record industry link it really pretty much becomes more about reality teevee for sure. That’s not why I watch, so I wouldn’t be interested. Well I am not much interested anymore this season so hey go for it, lol.

    Now Katy Perry Sparks some interest for me, I loved her judging.

  • Allison

    I think this would kill the show. I wouldn’t watch.

  • webster

    My bleary eyes read the post title as Howard Dean. Now that would have been a WTF. Stern? :shrug:

  • islandgirl

    I don’t believe it. Personally, I like Howard Stern & know he is a “persona” most of the time, however, he would alienate every devoted woman viewer in record time.

    Would he throw baloney at the bad contestants? It would be vote-for-the-worst every show.

  • sonyab

    islandgirl

    Would he throw baloney at the bad contestants?

    ROFL! Now I want to see that! :)

  • TwigLA

    Howard Stern on AI would definitely be jumping the shark. I will give him this, in an ego to ego match against Simon, I think it would be a draw.

    Nothing but a publicity and contract negotiations ploy, in my opinion.

  • angela

    Tess
    02/05/2010 at 8:30 am

    Lift your shirt and show me your boobs…how enticing.

    LOL, I personally imagine him getting up and walking away wearing one of his ass hanging out pants, hopefully It happens on a live episode, I would love to see them having to sensor an effing judge!
    And, MJ, “the lastest rumored replacement”? I think you spending some time with AL and not telling us! :) :)

  • Incipit

    The New York Post says so?

    That bastion of journalistic integrity that would never stoop to printing anything questionable to up their reader quotient? /snark

    Right. How ‘almost’ amusing.

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    I LOVE Howard Stern, I can so see that and would look forward to it, if this is for real? perfect – he would just have to tone it down, he could and it would be great

  • onlythegood16

    I wouldn’t watch. I find him to be the most vile individual in showbiz.

  • just sayin

    There are very few things that would stop me from watching this cheesy show that I love. Howard Stern would do it though. I am one of American Idol’s biggest fans and I would be done, done, DONE if Howard Stern became a judge. This has to be untrue. They aren’t that stupid.

  • oceana

    I wouldn’t watch and they would lose a lot of viewers. I hope the story’s not true because I would hate to think that the producers are that out of touch with their core audience, or that that’s the direction they want to go in. But it is FOX after all, so nothing would be too surprising.

    he would just have to tone it down,

    Toning it down wouldn’t change who he is and who he’s shown himself to be for many years. We aren’t that lacking in principles to pretend he’s a different person. He is who he is, he should live or die by that unless he sincerely changes his m.o.

  • bjames

    No. Just…no. Ratings would PLUMMET.

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    lmao – it would be so funny to have him on, the ratings would go through the roof just to see if he would do something out of line. I am so sure this isnt true but I would love to see it happen to Idol. People would tune in, but say they arent, just to get a peek. Not watch?? ha ha ha ha ha – i sooooo doubt it!!!

    American Idol is just a cheesy show pretty much lacking in principle as shown last year so much – that fortunately brought us some people I just love, Howards not going to be on though, he makes too much where he is at already, it is a publicity ploy, funny though

  • cookbunny

    My bleary eyes read the post title as Howard Dean. Now that would have been a WTF. Stern? :shrug:

    “We’re going to go to Boston, and Orlando, and Atlanta, and Chicago…and then Los Angeles, and Denver, and Dallas, and then Hollywood…and then we’re going to go take over the Nokia Theater!…YIIIIIIAAHHHHH!”

  • oceana

    People would tune in, but say they arent, just to get a peek. Not watch?? ha ha ha ha ha – i sooooo doubt it!!!

    You probably underestimate how many people loathe him. I promise you I would not tune in for even a minute of the show if he was on it. You should try to take people at their word, and not assume that everyone likes what you like.

    Actually it would do me a favor, I could finally quit my AI addiction. LOL. But it’s probably not true. It does make me nervous though about who else they might be considering. If they get the wrong person, they really could drive the show right off the tracks.

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    If someone wouldnt watch Idol because of a judge it is probably not the show for you, I am more interested in the singers – if I happen to like one or two. The judges have made me mad a time or two last year but I wouldnt stop watching because of them, not at all -

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    Also, anyone thinking ratings would drop over a judge that is out there has not seen Paula on many occasions. The worst thing she ever did was to Jason, critiqueing him before he even sang, people were soooo mad, others times just a slurring mess. Did the ratings drop? No – they went higher. So, the judges can make the ratings a bit higher if they are risque like that but ultimately people return despite them if they have become invested in a singer or two. Just my opinion and sorry if I made anyone mad

  • dreamz

    Howard is the lowest level of our society. If he were to join Idol it would be a sad day, and would bring its demise.

    Simon is direct, but also likable and skilled at what he does. Howard is just plain reprehensible.

  • Nina1

    Ewwwwwwwwwwwww.

  • http://idolstages.com Connie D.

    Yuck! He’s nasty. I don’t want to see one minute of that guy.

    If Howard is in, then I’m out. I’ll just put all of my energy into X-Factor, no problem.

  • oceana

    Also, anyone thinking ratings would drop over a judge that is out there has not seen Paula on many occasions. The worst thing she ever did was to Jason, critiqueing him before he even sang, people were soooo mad, others times just a slurring mess.

    Paula’s no saint and she’s had her problems, but she’s loved by many people. She sincerely loved those kids on Idol and did her best to encourage and help them. She had a pill problem (or something) but she seemed to overcome it and the slurring stopped the last season or two. Paula’s a loving person, and also she is in the music business. We already have one judge who’s not in the music biz, we don’t need two, especially a vulgar mouthed “shock jock.” Here’s one example of his humor from wiki:

    For example, a few days after the murder of singer Selena, Stern criticized her music. Stern said, “This music does absolutely nothing for me. Alvin and the Chipmunks have more soul… Spanish people have the worst taste in music. They have no depth.” Stern’s comments outraged and infuriated the Hispanic community across Texas.

    Paula doesn’t say things like that.

  • oceana

    just to add, in 2004, Stern was fired from Clear Channel radio stations for indecent speech. So he does a satellite show. Fine, but he doesn’t need to be on tv on a popular show viewed by many who are not out looking for vulgarity but just want to watch a singing show. If the producers are looking for someone like that to replace Simon (hopefully it’s not true) then they are taking a huge risk. To take a top show and mess with it like that makes no sense. Don’t mess with a formula that works. #1 the person needs to be in the music industry, and #2 the person needs to be witty and acerbic but also likable and charming as Simon is.

  • kiss kiss

    If Howard is in, then I’m out. I’ll just put all of my energy into X-Factor, no problem.

    This, pretty much.

  • Niall

    Howard’s radio show persona is schtick. He wouldn’t be all pervy and gross on AI. I doubt this is going to happen but if it does he’d probably be a good, bluntly honest judge. He’s articulate and knows the business. Plus he’s a longtime AI fan and has had the judges and a few contestants on over the years. Justin, Kim Caldwell, and I think even Diana DeGarmo have braved his show.

  • oceana

    “Spanish people have the worst taste in music. They have no depth.”

    That’s schtick? Well calling it schtick doesn’t change the things he says. And so what if he acts nicer on AI? That would be hypocritical. Acting like one person in one place and another person somewhere else shows a lack of character.

    It’s schtick but it’s the one he chose and has lived by. It made him rich and famous. But he has to live with the results. Anyway, a lot of people would not watch the show if he was on it. Others would. The show would change dramatically and so would the audience. Whether the ratings would plummet or rise could not be known in advance. Millions of people like his show. Millions also like Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck. Millions listen to G. Gordon Liddy too. Maybe they watch AI, and they can become judges too.

    Just being a fan of the show doesn’t qualify you to be a judge. If they brought in Quentin Tarantino I would quit watching too. I think the bottom line is, they have to find the right person who won’t alienate too many loyal fans. Unless they want to change the audience and have a completely different show.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Howard’s radio show persona is schtick. He wouldn’t be all pervy and gross on AI. I doubt this is going to happen but if it does he’d probably be a good, bluntly honest judge.

    Yes, I agree. I’m not sure the show would survive the outrage though. LOL.

    He’s articulate and knows the business. Plus he’s a longtime AI fan and has had the judges and a few contestants on over the years. Justin, Kim Caldwell, and I think even Diana DeGarmo have braved his show.

    Yep. For the record, I like Howard. I used to listen to him all the time when he was on terrestrial radio. I wasn’t into the stripper sh*t, but I found many of his bits really funny.

  • goldenlpb

    What about Gene Simmons for a replacement. He knows the music industry and is a self centered jerk if they want that type of personality.

  • justjude

    Hmmm! Howard stern eh. They might as well change AI to
    AIH (insert Humiliation)

    Naahh, I vote for Glen Beck for bluntness and G. Gordon Liddy for
    being dazzled by B S!!!

    I think I’m going to eat my snack of homemade tuscany pizza and sip my leftover Ravens Wood Petit Sirah………Yum!!!