While American Idol‘s producers refuse to discuss the possibility of Howard Stern replacing Simon Cowell with reporters, tabs are taking the shock jock’s acknowledgment that he’d consider doing the show as confirmation they’re in talks. “There’s not a better job on the planet than judging a f—–g karaoke contest,” he said on his Sirius radio program Monday, adding that he’d “tase” Ellen DeGeneres if she danced and “smack Randy Jackson‘s belly every time he opens his dopey mouth.” Bet they can’t wait, Howie, but what do you think of previous winners? ” I wouldn’t even put through that good looking kid who won, that Kris Allen. He never would have even been through…Carrie Underwood, I would’ve told her to lose weight…Hey Fantasia…little boys are scared that you are going to sit on them. You’re out. Honey, you look like you stepped out of a Haitian earthquake.” Tasteful! While his arrival might make for some must-see TV, we can’t help but wonder if Ellen will be enough of a chuckle factory for everyone involved.
So who will take Simon’s seat if not Fartman? Unless Simon Fuller is truly determined to replace seasoned music veterans with professional comedians, it’s more like to wind up an exec like former Sony Music honcho Tommy Mottola or Madonna manager Guy Oseary, whom a New York Daily News source puts as the front-runner. “His competition just can’t live up to his level of experience, and the people behind the show are slowly starting to realize it…People really only know [Mottola] as Mariah Carey’s big bad ex.” Hey, at least that’s something, though! The only music CEOs with name recognition tend to be rappers, and we haven’t heard Diddy‘s name tossed around for a while.
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