Stern addressed the various reports on his radio show Monday (Feb. 8). We listened to the audio, which has since been removed, but a transcript of Stern’s show is here. (Disclaimer: Profanity alert.)
Regarding the rumors, Stern said they got started because it was Simon Cowell who said he wanted Stern to replace him. Stern is not going to comment about any talks he may or may not have had with FOX and that he “cannot confirm nor deny” the rumors.
The actual “confirmation” that other media outlets are talking about came via this statement Stern made: “There’s not a better job on the planet than judging that f*****g karaoke
contest. It might be possible, we’ll see. They’d have to pay
me a ton of dough because I already make a ton of dough.”
Now if you’ve been a listener of Howard over the years then you probably don’t necessarily consider that “confirmation.” The only thing it’s confirming is that Howard Stern would consider doing anything for a lot of money.
Stern went on to offer “suggestions” regarding how he would change “Idol.” Some of the more “positive” and “tamer” ideas and comments were:
— Dress Randy Jackson up as a sumo wrestler
— Make Carrie Underwood lose weight
— Fantasia Barrino looks like she “stepped out of a Haitian earthquake” and no little boys are fantasizing about her
— Ask Ellen DeGeneres if he could borrow her girlfriend Portia DeRossi.
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Howard Stern to replace Simon Cowell? Please no.