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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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46.

kimkardashianstalkingass    

How can he be a judge? He only loves himself.

731 days ago
47.

newyorker    

Mariah - irrelevant. Randy - dull/ repetitive. Kanye - vulgar. Nicki - can't sing. Two for the oldies, two for the kids. Is this what they're thinking? Well, with this lineup AND Seacrest, they'll lose everyone soon enough.

731 days ago
48.

JimmydeansausageCo.    

Another reason not to watch that trash.

731 days ago
49.

Crimson Fart    

For now AI is offering us a celebrity, that was relevant in the 90s, gay fish and the worst thing to happen tomusic since ever ? Get Charlie Sheen you idiots.

731 days ago
50.

Big D    

Terrible Choice!

731 days ago
51.

jackie    

Nikki CAN NOT sing and has NO talent and neither can Kayne there are 2 losers I am so over that show this year all lousy no talent people and wtf with all blacks that show is down the drain good bye idol

731 days ago
52.

drake    

This show keeps sinking lower and lower. What a pathetic joke.

731 days ago
53.

tamara    

He'll vote by going on stage and grabbing the mic away.

731 days ago
54.

CelebJustice    

Awww HELL NO! The last think American Idol needs is an EGOTISTICAL, RACIST DOUCHE BAG as a judge. Not only that, you KNOW the KARDASHIANS will show up in record numbers.

731 days ago
55.

w    

well its been fun American Idol but I won't watch again if you bring in Kanye, or that evil Niki Minaj or toofpick eating Diddy, I am done watching your show and I will tell everyone I know not to watch. don't ruin your show AI by bringing on these D-Bags.

731 days ago
56.

carey    

Wow that will be the end of the show he is a F***ing Dick!!!

731 days ago
57.

icantbelieveitsnotbutter    

Kayne would put the final nail in the coffin for that tired show. He is a jerkwad.

731 days ago
58.

TheTruth    

Hell No! How is in any way qualified to be a judge of supposedly diversified singing talent? He's a freakin' rapper; Successful by accident-literally!

731 days ago
59.

Buckaroobonzai    

Let's just replace all the judges with Kerdashians, replace Seacrest with Kanye, and rename the show"Kanye and the Kardashians" and discredit the Music world for the rest of eternity.

I am really starting to dislike planet Earth these dayz!

731 days ago
60.

TheTruth    

Re-posted due to typo:

Hell No! How is he in any way qualified to be a judge of supposedly diversified singing talent? He's a freakin' rapper; Successful by accident-literally!

731 days ago
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