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Kanye West

In 'Idol' Talks

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

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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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Minaj and West? What in the hell are the Executive Producers thinking? I guess they want this to be their final season! I am so upset right more American Idol and I've been a fan from the Kelly Clarkson days......

731 days ago


I've seen every American Idol show through the years. If Nicki Minaj and/or Kanye West become judges, then unfortunately I've already seen my LAST American Idol show.

731 days ago

H Calahan    

NO KANYE PLEASE, IT WOULD ONLY BE ANOTHER PLATFORM FOR KIM. KIM IS NPD (narcissistic personality disorder). After what he did to Taylor Swift he is not worthy of being a judge.

731 days ago


It's obvious that American Idol is just trying to appease the lowest common denominator 10-20yo demographics. It's not a real talent show, it's just a show with nothing to nominal

731 days ago


If they can't get any legitimate musicians on the show they should just cancel it.

731 days ago


Seriously, if Kayne West is a judge on A.I. i for one will NEVER watch this show again, as i'm sure lots of people won't either. Just the idea that he's old fat asses boyfriend is such a total turn-off. Who in their right mind would even consider watching this piece of crap. He's soooo rude and obnoxious too. ewwwww

731 days ago

LIN he can tell all the contestants how much better Beyonce is..LOL seriously..does anyone really care about this???

731 days ago


Well I just turned the chandal I know something better will be on TV. It would be a cold day in HELL before I would watch Kanye and Nicki. I use to have a dog that was named Nicki. Well anyway the show is gone for good. The people in charge must be up there doing drugs. If they are just trying to get people to talk about the show all they are really doing is showing how messed up the show really is. SAD day we lost what use to be a good show.

731 days ago


West probably thinks with a name like American Idol that the show must be about him. Once the conceited douch realizes it's not, he'll lose interest.

731 days ago


My household will not be watching if Kenye is a judge!!!!!

731 days ago


To the few people out there who are still watching this show, PLEASE STOP!

731 days ago


And I am sure that her momager would have the whore (Kim K) at every show fawning over him. His epic ego should be put out to pasture with him. AI should keep Randy WAY before hiring this dope. It will become the "whoo has the fattest ass" show. Minaj or Kanye's concubine.

731 days ago



731 days ago


American Idol is now officially in the toilet. Mariah should be pissed. She's been had!

731 days ago


Once that Race Hater,Media Whore is chosen to be on it will be the LAST time i will ever watch it that's for sure.

731 days ago
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