Producers of the most popular series on TV, Fox’s "American Idol," have been interested in having controversial shock-jock Howard Stern replace the ascerbic Simon Cowell, according to the New York Post’s Page Six.
Cowell leaves the show after this season. He is reportedly making $40 million to $50 million a year.
According to the Page Six story, a source that was somehow 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."
The article then quotes a second source who said the talks about Stern possibly joining ‘Idol’ were intended as a ploy to pressure Sirius XM Radio to re-up with Stern. Stern’s current contract expires next January.
Finally, the article quotes Stern as recently saying on his radio show, ""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."
The article said Fox declined to comment about the story when asked to by a Page Six reporter.