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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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texaschickeee    

Well we know who will be the Ass on the show!

688 days ago
212.

Different Rules Apply    

This choice of judges will certainly put the nail in the already suffering Idol coffin. Absolutely absurd choice and I for one will never watch this again. The "winners" of late, disappear into the sunset; no real stars come of this anymore. Kanye West?? Ugh!!

688 days ago
213.

jimi    

another black judge??? are the sponsers KFC and Afrosheen now?

688 days ago
214.

jokerchick    

nah, the shine from his titanium jaw may blind the viewers

688 days ago
215.

Hollywood    

Actually, Kanye has been a producer for over 10 years. He was behind the scenes waaaayyy before he got to where he is now. He's worked with Alicia Keys, Brandy, Faith Evans, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, and Keyshia Cole, among others. He definitely has worked with singers and his production is amazing and fairly innovative.

While I don't care for Kanye "the person" he is very qualified to be a judge...he is as qualified as Randy or Simon were.

688 days ago
216.

Nazchi    

I would never. Ever. Going to watch American idol if this happens

688 days ago
217.

David    

Meanwhile, sponsor talks are taking place with Orange Crush to replace Coca Cola.

688 days ago
218.

Beth    

Kanye West????? What a BIGOT! If this racist jerk gets on Idol, I will DEFINATELY stop watching!!!!

688 days ago
219.

Beth    

Kanye West???What a BIGOT!!!!!!!!! If he gets on the show I will NOT watch. Whata jerk!

688 days ago
220.

serena D.    

The only people with class on the roster are Randy Jackson and Mariah Carey.....Nicki Minaj.....really? I love Kanye's music.....but he's a loose canon...so not a good idea. I used to watch the show but I've lost interest....now it's just a venue for self promotion for these judges.. . and they're getting paid for it!

688 days ago
221.

Beth    

If this bigot gets on Idol, then I'll stop watching!

688 days ago
222.

jim buckle    

Big Chin has zero talent. Talks a lot but says nothing worth listening to. I cringe if he comes on tv and switch channels very qiuckly. A big mouthed dum rapper has no talent and is not qaulified to judge garbage bags let alone new acts. If he gets this job i will not watch Idol again. How low has the entertainment industry sunked when zero talents like him are considered to be top of the tree. Good bye Idol. He is a terrible role model.

688 days ago
223.

MS P    

Please GOD no

688 days ago
224.

chrisfromthaDtothaPHX    

This is clearly a ploy for American Idol, they know they are getting the ratings they want so now they go after the people who will draw the audience they so desperately long for..

688 days ago
225.

ummm?!    

Great! The B!tch/Kanye The Diva/Mariah The Foul Mouth/Nikki

688 days ago
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