If 'Idol' Producers Get Their Way, Howard Stern Could Replace Cowell

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 5th 2010 11:02AM
howard_stern_siriusThe question of who will replace Simon Cowell as an 'American Idol' judge began in earnest today with Page Six claiming that Howard Stern is the 'Idol' producers' top choice to take Simon Cowell's throne. Stunt casting? Attention-grabbing? Total bull? You can take your pick because this smacks of a PR turn if ever there was one.

For a moment, though, let's consider the possibility. Howard's contract with Sirius XM Radio wraps next January. That contract was in the $100 million neighborhood. Could 'American Idol' fork over a pay-out equal to that? Umm, yes. They make enough. Will they? Hard to imagine. The figure mentioned in the report was $50 million a year, which is what Simon will earn this season, but that's based on the fact that Simon has a track record with 'Idol.'

Howard has a track record and scads of fans, but ask yourself this: Is the audience that watches 'American Idol' the same audience that follows Howard Stern? Some, perhaps, but as many as watch Ellen DeGeneres? No, don't think so.

The whole conceit of Howard on 'Idol' is based on the theory that he would be even nastier than Simon. No holds-barred, he would blast the freaks and the deluded auditioning suckers, then put the screws to the passel that makes it to Hollywood. Stern would also be a draw because he does have a name and a fan base. There's also thought that he would joust with Ellen, sort of a clash of the titans. Nice comic vs. mean comic.

Nowhere, however, is there any thought given to Howard's qualifications to judge singers. Even Ellen knows more about music than Howard, and some have given her a thumbs down before she's even aired because of her lack of music creds.

It's fair to assume that this entire story is a ploy by Stern's camp to get Sirius to renegotiate a new deal. Although, Howard did recently say on the air, "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."

Here's a thought: if 'American Idol' feel the need to bring a mean judge on the show to fill Simon's seat, how about "Mr. Warmth," Don Rickles? He could call everyone who sings a hockey puck and do spit takes when a singer is completely awful. That would be a get product placement for a bottled water company? Maybe Kathy Griffin would do it... she can be mean and cutting. If musical knowledge really doesn't matter, they could simply just choose an insult comic -- Triumph the dog? -- and let it go at that.

By the way, do you really think Howard would want to do the traveling and work that hard on a TV show? He's used to living in New York, enjoying a certain lifestyle, and calling the shots. Working for Fox might be a living hell for him.

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Karen

Howard Stern Means Death to American Idol!!!! Fan Base will Drop BIG TIME!!!!!!!

February 21 2010 at 6:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
George

The day Howard replaces Simon is the last day I watch "Idol". Simon may be direct and tell someone their musical talent sucks, but Howard usually gets his kicks by telling them they suck. Howard trys to elevate himself by putting the other person, (usually just a typical average American Joe {or Jane} like you or me) down, and that just doesn't work He forces his negativity into every situation and that just makes me tired from the effort it takes not to get depressed while listening to him.

February 16 2010 at 8:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Judy

What are American Idol producers thinking - they're NOT!!! What about the "Family Image" they say represents the show? This guy is a very bad choice & is totally vulgar. Can't stand to watch him. There has to be a list of other better qualified candidates to chose from. Thumbs down for Stern!!!!

February 16 2010 at 11:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
art saltzman

forget stern ...GENE SIMMONS would be great as a judge ...he has the talent know how and he is honest ...his show "family jewels" shows he has the entertainment savvy to handle himself accordingly...yep GENE SIMMONS ..he da man!!!!

February 15 2010 at 9:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Paula

Stern is GROSS. He is not even in the same league as Simon. At least Simon doesnt spit nasty. Stern is a pervert, he is just plain NASTY. If they put Stern in, American Idol can say goodbye to their show.

February 15 2010 at 6:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Emily

In response to Jackie Boy: I gather from your comment that you believe that only sophisticated people are crude. I happen to disagree. I believe one can be very sophisticated, but still object to vulgarity. Howard Stern is vulgar and crude and about the least sophisticated person I can imagine.

February 10 2010 at 2:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Emily

I don't believe FOX would be that stupid. Idol appeals to families. Howard Stern is not the type of person who would be tolerated by that group. It not only appeals to families, but also to older people. It's my grandmother's favorite show and she is ninety-three years old. I can't imagine her watching Howard Stern.

February 10 2010 at 2:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lorenzo420

if howard stern goes to american idol hes done with radio

February 09 2010 at 3:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jackie Boy!

Ah you Stern haters make me feel young. People who don't dig Howard, are usually old folks. Or idiots, anti-semites, or just plain ignorant. He is an excellent judge of talent. His show, at least his original, before satellite, had lots of talent shows. Of course the more outrageous the better. Like his yearly song parody contest. Howard is very New York. So people west of the Hudson don't "get him" as much. Some do. Usually the more sophisticated ones. I've met doctors and lawyers who will tell you quietly that they are Howard fans. It's too bad he went to satellite. He lost a lot of fans. His originals were the people of NYC and Long Island and Jersey and the original 914 area code. The working people. The people stuck on the Long Island Expressway everyday, be it rush hour into the city or out to the suburbs. The last thing we needed was another bill. It would be great to see Howard again, but I'm not holding my breath.

February 08 2010 at 4:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mark

If Stern goes On Idol, I won't watch it!

February 08 2010 at 4:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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