Report: Idol Producers Courting Howard Stern To Replace Simon Cowell

Feb. 5 2010, Published 10:45 a.m. ET

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American Idol producers "will do what it takes to sign" radio legend Howard Stern as a must-have replacement for Simon Cowell when the British mogul leaves the show after this season.

"Idol bosses think he'd be even nastier than Simon," a source told the NY Post. "They know he would be great TV, and would clash with the other judges such as Ellen DeGeneres and the contestants."

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Stern has engaged in hours of discussion about American Idol since its' 2002 debut, often discussing it in-depth with Eric "The Actor" Lynch, a regular caller of his radio program. The Private Parts star held a grassroots campaign for his fans to vote for ex-Idol hopeful Sanjaya Malakar three years ago.

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Stern, whose Sirius XM contact is up in January 2011, recently said on his radio show he 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," the King of All Media said. "I'm waiting to see what happens."

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