'American Idol' Shakeup! Simon Cowell Might Be Replaced By … Shock Jock Howard Stern??

Fri, February 5, 2010 11:03am EDT by 16 Comments

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Would you watch someone as controversial as Howard Stern on THE most popular reality TV show in America?

We thought Simon Cowell was a tough judge, but shock jock Howard Stern would take “critical” to a whole new level. The notoriously political radio host is rumored to be in talks with Fox to replace Simon on American Idol next year, but can you really imagine him perched behind a table with Randy Jackson and Ellen Degeneres?

It’s an [insert 'what the heck are they thinking' adjective here] thought and that’s why the bigwigs love the idea of replacing Simon — who makes an alleged $50-million a year on Idol —with the highest paid and incredibly controversial dude in town.

“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,” an insider dished to the New York Post. “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.”

Yeah, you think? Howard Stern, 56, makes Simon Cowell, 50, seem like a sweet, unassuming kitty in comparison.

Even though Fox is after him big time, Howard isn’t totally on board with the idea of judging wannabe rock stars.

“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,” the host told audiences on his Sirius XM Radio show recently. “I’m not even sure if I want to be working. I’m waiting to see what happens.”

An alleged 100,000 contestants auditioned to be on American Idol season nine, but if Howard Stern becomes a judge, we bet that number drops. He’s freaky scary!

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Barbara Hall

Posted at 9:50 AM on June 4, 2010  

I’ve been a huge American Idol fan, but no, if Stern replaces Simon I will not watch it any longer. I’m not sorry Simon’s gone, but please let’s have a nicer person than Simon, not meaner. HOw could they even consider a man like HS? These are young people he’d be dealing with, for gosh sake.

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Suzanne

Posted at 4:36 PM on May 11, 2010  

Howard Stern is one of the funniest people around – talk about a sure-thing in ratings! NYC LOVES HS!

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Dennis

Posted at 5:09 PM on May 10, 2010  

Harry Connick, Jr. should replace Simon. He is witty yet brilliant when it comes to music. He should be a natual if he is willing to do it.

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Barbara Hall

Posted at 2:21 PM on June 2, 2010  

Absolutely, the contestants would respect Harry Conick, Jr.
We don’t need a porn king judging American Idol.

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MorninG

Posted at 8:19 AM on April 29, 2010  

I will not ever listen or watch That creep (HS)! I like Idol but will never watch again if that happens, will miss Simon but get someone with some class

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Barbara Hall

Posted at 2:22 PM on June 2, 2010  

I agree, I watch the show every week but will not if Howard Stdern becomes part of it.

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sarahb

Posted at 10:19 AM on April 26, 2010  

I probably won’t watch Idol if Simon leaves anyway. But I certainly wouldn’t watch if Stern is on the show. Simon is the best, the only, authenic judge they have. Hr gives them constructive criticizm and if they do what he says they iprove. The only description the others have is yo. yo. yo, yo dog, that was pitchy.” the others just follow suit or tell the contestants how awesome or talented they are when they just murdered a song. Did Browersox have a puffy tummy last week like maybe expecting another little browersox. Is that why she has been having these mental breakdowns recently. Don’t quote that because that is only my idea.She doesn’t seem healthy enough for the rigorous schedule of an entertainer. Look at her and see for yourself and form your own opinion. I thought the title of this show was American ODOL. Would you choose Crystal for your childs Idol?????? I think they have less over all talent this year than they ever had.

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sarahb

Posted at 10:25 AM on April 26, 2010  

Excuse typo errors in my first post. I have one hand in a cast and after reading my post I found that I accidentally miss lots of keys. will try to do better spellcheck.

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Barbara Hall

Posted at 2:24 PM on June 2, 2010  

There’s no if about it. Simon’s gone. Did you not watch the finale this season? It was as much aboput Simon as anyone else.

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gabrielle

Posted at 11:56 AM on April 17, 2010  

i no i no simon is real up front and bruidaly honised but we love him hes the best…

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Bill

Posted at 12:42 PM on April 5, 2010  

if that were to happen – we would never watch idol again!

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Willy

Posted at 8:39 PM on April 26, 2010  

The contestants make the show, NOT the judges!
What are you watching the judges for?
It’s entertainment, not always at it’s best however!

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a2zfgi

Posted at 10:23 PM on March 13, 2010  

Absolutely NOT!!!!!! Howard stern will be the straw that breaks Idols back. I barely watch it now because of Ellen. Ellen on her show is O.K. but on Idol she knows NOTHING and is disgusting. The true Idol says three things to me: Paula, Simon and Randy. Even bringing Kara in was a mistake.

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Willy

Posted at 8:49 PM on April 26, 2010  

As far as the judges go, Randy needs to grow up DAWG!
It’s DOPE Man!
He dress like a street person, with his Bling he should be better dressed!
ED, I can take her or leaver her, She’s tring to be too
funny at the expense of the audience!!
Simon is actually a great judge, he’s very cruel at times, and should not compare contestants ever!
Paula was doing far to many drugs last season ver noticable!

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Barbara Hall

Posted at 9:10 PM on June 2, 2010  

I love Ellen. She is honest too, but does so with kindness.
She might not have a lot of music training, but she loves music and knows what she likes.

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Barbara Hall

Posted at 9:17 PM on June 2, 2010  

I like Kara and she is a pretty good songwriter. I don’t think she should have carried on about Casey’s looks this season though because it made girls focus on his looks rather than his talent. I hope she won’t make that mistake again. I felt embarrassed for Casey sometimes. He’s such a nice guy and I loved his humility and modesty. I understand that he doesn’t see why women think he’s hot. Casey, take a good look in the mirror. You’ve got it all…looks,PERSONALITY and you’re sooo talented.

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