Simon Cowell Disses Howard Stern as 'Idol' Candidate

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 19th 2010 11:33AM
Howard SternI don't believe that Howard Stern has been asked to replace Simon Cowell when Cowell leaves 'American Idol,' nor do I think that Stern really wants the job, even if he keeps talking about it on his SIRIUS show. 'Idol' fans would hate him being on it (can't imagine that 'Idol' fans and Stern fans overlap too much), and Stern's fans will hate it too and accuse him of selling out and being lame. According to The Live Feed, Cowell doesn't think Stern has been asked either, but if he has, he doesn't think he's a good choice.

Cowell says that the show needs someone with music industry experience, someone who can "spot a star."

Now I'll say what everyone is going to say about Cowell's comments: what about Ellen and her lack of music industry experience? It seems that Cowell is talking about the only type of person who could replace him, not who could replace any of the other judges.

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Joyce N.

Did you ever watch his old TV show? Lots of bleeping.

February 19 2010 at 8:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

Howard Stern isn't called the Shock Jock without good reason. That's all he would give AI because that's what he loves to do. Plus he's have to be bleeped out for every other word he says. AI's family audience would disappear quickly.

February 19 2010 at 2:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Joyce N.'s comment

He's a grown adult who knows how to control his language. He never was 'bleeped' when he spoke 25 hours a week on terrestrial radio nor did he ever even utter a word that would need to be 'bleeped' on national television.

February 19 2010 at 6:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Fox should jump on this fast and create a summer series "American Judge" --- you choose the judge america!

February 19 2010 at 12:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That's what kills me about this debate/issue is that what the hell does Ellen bring to the table to be on this show??????? She has a daytime talk show? Big friggin' deal!! That doesn't relate to music!

Why are they harping on Stern's supposedly lack of musical background but don't address Ellen's?

February 19 2010 at 12:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Replacing Simon is a bigger challenge then replacing Paula, who only gave positive comments.

I know Simon has a rep for being the bad guy on the show, and so someone mean should replace him.

he's also the person who speaks the truth. He gives ligit criticism that if the contestants listen to him will make them better performers.

As far as I'm aware that is something Stern can't/won't offer.

February 19 2010 at 11:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Ryan's comment

Don't equate being mean with telling the truth.

February 19 2010 at 12:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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