Simon, Who? Kanye In Talks For 'American Idol' Judging Gig

May. 24 2018, Updated 2:54 p.m. ET

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RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned that NBC is courting Kanye West to convince him to join the judging panel on the proposed revival of American Idol — and the network will stop at nothing to get him on board.

“Ryan Seacrest has put his name forward during his negotiations to come back as host and NBC are salivating over it,” said a source of revamping the show that ended its impressive 15-year run in April 2016.

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Though there’s hope the show would also welcome back some of the celebrities that helped made the competition a household name, it’s not a top priority for head honchos.

“Kanye is at the very top of the wish list, not Simon Cowell,” said the source.

“If Ryan hosting can help get them Kanye, that's a happy result for NBC.”

So would the 39-year-old rapper ever consider following in his wife Kim Kardashian’s reality show footsteps?

“Kanye’s weighing the options and is even grilling Jennifer Lopez on what’s involved,” the source told Radar.

“It’s not an easy gig, but the offer he’s got is proving to be very hard to refuse.”

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