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Kanye West

In 'Idol' Talks

8/21/2012 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Kanye West
is negotiating with producers to become an "American Idol" judge ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the production tell TMZ, "Idol" honchos reached out to Kanye recently about filling one of the open judging spots ... and Kanye expressed interest.

But that doesn't mean he's on board -- we're told Yeezy is still unsure about accepting the gig.  The way it was put to us ... "He's on the fence," because he's not sure if "A.I." is in his wheelhouse.

And there's another big hang up -- cash.  Informed sources tell TMZ ... "Idol" would "at least match Mariah's salary" -- a cool $18 mil a year.

It looks like Nicki Minaj is either close to signing a deal or has signed one to become a judge, but we're told producers may well add a 4th judge.  As we reported, the frontrunners are Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Enrique Iglesias, but Kanye would clearly trump them all.

Calls to Kanye's camp were not returned.

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lynn    

Nicki AND Kanye? It's like ratings suicide.

762 days ago
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KittyKittyKitty    

Yikes! This show jumped the shark long ago.

762 days ago
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Mayu    

If this "Bush Hates black people" "Sorry Taylor Swift but" Douche gets the job... the show is officially going to be canceled this year. He's a joke, his girlfriend is an even bigger joke, AI is already becoming a joke. So if this is not a joke... buh bye American Idol. It was nice knowing you.

762 days ago
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lalet    

The guy is a bleeding idiot! I would NEVER watch if he was a judge.

762 days ago
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the_truth_hurts    

WHO?
reality tv sucks, how do you "people" watch that crap?

762 days ago
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bring back recent posts    

.....my god!!!!!!!!...what is going on with that show.....Simon must love this...assures the end of Idol 100%!!!!!!!!!

762 days ago
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pat    

American Idol has become a complete and utter joke. Who's the next judge going to be?

762 days ago
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Truth    

WTF DOES KANYE KNOW ABOUT SINGING THAT AINT AUTO-TUNED TO THE MAX??? #EPICFAIL #TRUTH!!

762 days ago
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Meggie24    

I'm not an Idol fan - just sort of tune into it sometimes if nothing else is on. But if that ******* Kanye is on, I'm definitely out. Remember when shows like AI, X Factor, The Voice, America's Got Talent, etc used to be about discovering up-and-coming talent? Now all the focus is on these ego-centric celebrity judges, most of whom are has-beens looking to revive their stalled careers but still acting like divas and demanding outrageous salaries & perks. It's not about finding new talent anymore, which is too bad.

762 days ago
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Laura    

Nicki Minaj woud bury this show, once and for all--all credibility would be gone. So I say--yes, hire her.

762 days ago
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nan    

does anyone even bother with that show anymore..I think some of their choices for judges shows what little talent it takes to make a name for yourself in the record industry.They all put out the same cr@p music..

762 days ago
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Paula    

GOD no..............

762 days ago
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Truth    

UP AND COMING COMEDIAN IN NEED OF MATERIAL??? CHECK UNDER TOPIC - AMERICAN IDOL. 1000% LAUGHS GUARANTEED. JOKE OF THE CENTURY. #TRUTH!!

762 days ago
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Tyler    

Yo American Idol, I'm really happy for you, and Imma let you finish, but this is one of the worst decisions of all time!

762 days ago
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Phreaky    

This is a sure sign they need to END THE SHOW - Come on! Niki Minaj? Kanye West? How are you going to have people that can't sing a note if their lives depended on it judging others?
JUST GIVE IT UP - THE SHOW HAS RUN ITS COURSE.

762 days ago
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