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Report: Howard Stern tapped to replace Simon Cowell on 'American Idol'

Howard stern idolShock jock Howard Stern has been offered Simon Cowell's seat on the "American Idol" dais, a new report says.

The New York Post's Page Six claims that Stern is in negotiations to replace the critical Brit in 2011 when his Sirius XM contract expires. He's hinted at mulling the gig on several occasions on air.

"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," an "Idol" source tells the Post.

Compete it might, but whispers in Stern's camp say he's not thrilled about touring the country auditioning talent, nor is he excited about the amount of time he'd spend in Los Angeles for performance and result shows.

"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," Stern recently said on his show. 

This doesn't mean the Fox ratings juggernaut is ready to give up.

"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," the show source added. 

A Stern source echoed to Page Six the belief that "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 would join newly tapped daytime queen DeGeneres, songwriter Kara DioGuardi and producer Randy Jackson

Would you watch Howard on "Idol"? Would he make a worthy successor for Simon? Tell us in comments.

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: The new face of "American Idol"? Howard Stern in 2007. Credit: Peter Foley / EPA 

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OH PLEASE NOT THIS LOSER! The only talent this jerk has is putting down women and making us look like sluts. He can't sing, let alone hold a note. I have no clue what people are thinking really??? I really hope this is just a joke because if it is not you just killed the show!

Thats what i love about people who hate howard stern. As long someone acts fake and pretends to be a good human like tiger woods. Even he was cheating on his wife and banging porn stars he will be forgiven and everybody will love him again. Howard stern is loyal and honest to every women he has been with but he is a pig. so what your saying is you should just pretend to be a good person.

When I heard Simon was leaving the show I figured I will not be watching it again. Simon made the show. I had thought to myself the only person that could replace him would be Howard. Now it might happen! This is great!
He is smart, witty, funny, and brutally honest. As a former disc jockey he knows music. Of course, on national tv all the crude sexuality could not be there.
People that don't know him are in for a surprise. The negative posts here are the people that don't know him or his potential to keep the show alive.
Go Howard!!

Howard Stern is the most underrated mind in media. He is engaging, entertaining, and understands popular culture better than anyone in the world.

I watched part of one episode of Howard Stern's television program (is it still on the air?) and found it to be low-life disgusting garbage. Just to make certain that I didn't catch him on an off night, I started to watch another episode, and finding to be just as crass as the other one, I turned it off. I can't imagine that the same demographic that loves American Idol, would want to see Simon replaced by Howard Stern. If that does happen, I know I will be done watching, and I have been a devoted fan since the start of Season 2!

I have to say the show has gone to far now. First Paula now the pig Howard???? I guess they really do not want to stay on the air... Because it would be over......

he would be perfect. I'd be glued to the tv!

I will never watch idol again if Howard Stern replaces Simon.

gotta love all the people horrified at prospect of howard joining. The show is complete GARBAGE as is and has never produced any meaningful musical talent. That said, I would be forced to watch every episode if he was a part of it. Howard is KING

My significant other watches this crap all the time. The only way I know about it, is because Howard talks about it on his Radio show.
I would watch just to see what he would do. Would I keep watching, probably. But I have no other reason to watch it now.

If so, I feel certain, everyone I know will quit watching. Howard Stern on a show that families watch together and include small children. Howard Stern ---x rated shows not American Idol.

I love Howard Stern and listen to him every day on Sirius but he would not be a good fit. The problem is that Simon Cowell can give scathing criticism, but he has credibility because he's in the music industry.

Howard Stern can give criticism, but he won't have any credibility behind him, so it will just sound bad. If they got rid of Ellen Degeneres and replaced her with someone in the music industry, then having Howard might work. But chances are, it won't, because really, what sort of feedback can he give? If he said "That was an amazing performance", people won't value that as much as someone in the music industry.

Plus, Howard won't want to leave New York, especially with his parents so old. He likes being free to say whatever he wants and being on American Idol will stifle him.

Unfortunately, this is just a negotiating tactic for him with Sirius.

Howard would be great and brutally honest. He's awesome. and he thinks much like Simon. It would be great.

Replacing Simon with Howard would be the only reason I would continue to watch. I think this is a good move for Fox - where else would you find someone equally nasty as Simon?

Has anyone noticed that the women for the most part hate stern and the men want him on? Hey guys this is not a show about female parts. It's about talent. This dude is ugly inside and out. I love this show but I'm not going to watch it if that perv joins.

Most people do not really know who Howard Stern is. If they stopped and listened to him for just one month they would see he is a smart family man who loves shows like American Idol. Not half as mean as people think. Most people are closed minded though....

I would watch Stern on Idol. They need somebody big to keep that show afloat and that might just do it.

Howard Stern is one of the most successful radio broadcasters in the history of the medium. Him becoming a judge on American Idol would make me at the very least consider occasionally watching the program; that said I have never and will never understand the appeal of unscripted television or why anyone would rather watch the Jersey Shore than 30 Rock.

Howard Stern is the type of personality that you either really love or really hate. It would definitely be a shrewd move on Fox's part to increase viewership. However, from a purely musical standpoint, the show is straying even further from what it really should be. Adding Ellen Degeneres and Howard Stern, neither of whom have any background in making music,detracts from the essence of what Idol represents. Stern may be a lifelong DJ, but with Cowell being a producer and Abdul being a singer and dancer, it gives the show a credibility that will lack under the new changes. More people will probably watch, though. And aren't the Benjamins really what it's all about?

I would LOVE to see Howard on Idol! I don't watch now, but I would if he were on. Now they just need to get rid of Kara!

I would love to see Howard as Simons replacement. He would be perfect! Both men have an attitude that you either love or hate, which I love of course. Howard you have to do it. You will make the show even more crazy. Do it.

i'd rather watch Howard on AI , than to listen to him on his tired radio show.

YES YES YES YES YES! He will reignite the flame that Idol has lost! HOWARD! HOWARD! HOWARD!

My family will stop watching American Idol if Howard Stern joins. Howard Stern is just one of the many disgusting, rude, foul mouthed "entertainers" that are responsible for the "dumbing down" of America. But, it wouldn't surprise me at all if Fox goes ahead with this - afterall - they also think the Simpson's is the greatest show ever - another example of "quality" entertainment - NOT!

I would so NOT watch Idol if Stern becomes a judge. I still don't understand why Ellen is on the panel of judges. Hmmm.. maybe ABC is beginning to take cues from NBC. Brilliant! (NOT).

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