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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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Sapphiegirl    

I'm sure Kanye or Kim has sucked Ryan's frank and beans to be considered for this job!

606 days ago
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Sapphiegirl    

AMERICAN IDOL TOTALLY SCKS WITHOUT SIMON

606 days ago
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Maileeann    

Sounds like the end for IDOL.

606 days ago
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Maileeann    

Sounds like the end for IDOL.

606 days ago
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Gunther    

Awesome! Now I won't be tempted to ever watch again

606 days ago
231.

Carol    

No token white?

606 days ago
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Rita29    

I would love to see Kanye West on American Idol. He would add a lot of unique feedback and influence on the show. I like the idea of having A-list musicians this season! I think that Kanye and Niki would actually bring a lot of viewership. I was excited when my Dish coworker suggested this show, I’ve been watching ever since. This year I’m excited to watch on my Hopper, which will automatically record it with the Prime Time Anytime feature. I love this feature because it records all prime time shows on major networks. It’s so convenient and effortless that I don’t have to set up timers, or be home to watch the show.

606 days ago
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Scurry    

We won't watch if kanye is on th show at all

606 days ago
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Sin D    

wut he gunna do?...judge how dey mummble likes him?

606 days ago
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Nancy    

Kanye West is a racist and hates white people...
He bangs white girls just to stick it to white people...

606 days ago
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J    

This is the end of a show that should have canceled itself years ago. It is so old.. not one cares anymore. And for Kanye...I'm sorry but he is one ugly dude.

606 days ago
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JP    

Kanye is a ****ing douchebag. I won't watch that POS

606 days ago
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