09 February 2010

He's Sirius: Stern Says there's 'No Better Job' than being 'Idol' Judge

NY Post

Shock jock Howard Stern is singing a new tune -- admitting today that he's considering leaving radio to become a judge on “American Idol” next season.

Stern confirmed a Page Six report that Fox is interested in hiring him to replace Simon Cowell on the top-rated show.

“There’s not a better job on the planet than judging that f----ing karaoke contest,” Stern told listeners during his Sirius satellite radio show, according to excerpts published on MTV.com.

“It might be possible. We’ll see,” said Stern, adding that the network would "have to pay me a ton of dough because I already make a ton of dough.”

The Post reported Friday that Fox was interested in hiring Stern.

Stern, who lives in the city, is believed to be reluctant to commit to a show that would require him to tour the country as a judge and spend much of the year in Los Angeles.

Stern’s five-year, $500 million contract with Sirius expires at the end of this year.

When it comes to money, Stern said Fox would have to pay him big bucks to join the show.

"A $100 million to judge a karaoke contest? Yeah, I would do that show for $100 million,” he joked.

As for replacing the acid-tongued Cowell, Stern said, "If I do say so myself, I can't imagine anyone else but me replacing him ... How else are they going to make that show work? Who knows how to broadcast and who knows how to be interesting? And who's not afraid to speak their mind?"

A Fox spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Fox is owned by News Corp., which also owns The Post.

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