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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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196.

Mario M.    

Kanye West is ****ING KK .......WHY NOT

738 days ago
197.

Soamazing    

Because he dated a stripper, Amber Rose and now a porn star, Kim K, and insulted a fellow singer at her greatest moment in her career makes him a worthy judge... of any kind??!! C'mon. Yep. I'm hating. Not a fan. Not a good choice.

738 days ago
198.

joe    

Chipmonk cheeks better never show himself near nashville

738 days ago
199.

backfire    

Seriously who would tune in to watch Kanye?

738 days ago
200.

joe    

when obama is beaten in november these black americans will never be heard from again. Mormons consider blacks as...........

738 days ago
201.

derek    

I will NEVER watch again.

738 days ago
202.

kitnplayn    

I CAN'T STAND THESE PHUCKUPS AND I SURE AS HELL WILL NOT WATCH IDOL. KANYE WEST DOESN'T KNOW SHYT ABOUT ANYTHING BUT MAKING MONEY OFF BEING VULGAR.

738 days ago
203.

monique    

carey,minaj AND west? they might as well change the title to american ego because it won't be about the contestants anymore

738 days ago
204.

God-Of-Lyf    

Because he knows first hand about crappy music? Yeah, he should fit right in!!!

738 days ago
205.

Bitch please    

Eww this guy is so disgusting.

738 days ago
206.

jay edwards    

kanye yeahhh he can sing he just doesnt use it most of the time!!!

and nicki no i hate her so much

738 days ago
207.

AS    

No, No & No. So that's why Kim is hanging with Kanye. If I were paranoid...I'd take a good hard look at the Ryan Seacrest connection...Scary. On the other hand, this is just so wrong. One Diva Judge per show is quite enough. AGT has Mrs. Osbourne, Xfactor has Brit Brit and now Idol has Mariah. I'd hang up my phone to if I was told Kanye or Nicki Minaj were on the panel. DIVERSITY IS THE NAME OF THE GAME HERE FOLKS! Idol had a great set of judges this last round. No one particular genre or audience. They appealed to the masses. Be diverse or you'll lose the show...

738 days ago
208.

trololoson    

Kanye is clearly not a frontrunner http://kanyebehindkim.tumblr.com/

737 days ago
209.

judi    

omg seriously first Nikki now Kanye, whats next justin bieber...they r no talent wanna bes.....i would never watch Idol again if so!!!

737 days ago
210.

texaschickeee    

K West on AI? Great way to kill the show. K West with M Carey? You have lost your minds. Too much ego not enough room for any one else. Add Nicki.....and you have it set for WWIII plus a nuke attack each week,
give it up.

737 days ago
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