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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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76.

Lara    

AI has just inked their last season. So much for talent juding talent. Kanye is such a racist, he'll vote out anyone that is not his color, and will that whore Kardashian be doing guest appearances? Hold my trashcan please-I seriously am going to puke.

795 days ago
77.

JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

Are they also gonna rename the show "American Ghetto":? They'll lose half the viewers if not more if they put this ghetto coalition of West and This freak Niki wtf her name is... and Mariah Carey and her brutha huggin qualifies her for a ghettomedal as well./ The country's still 80% white but watching MSM or the network television today you'd think this was Uganda and 90% of the population are minorities and frankly white America's sick of it. It's one thing to promote equality when the numbers are equal, but to beat down the majority for the minority is called 'Tyranny By Minority" and the MSM PC afflicted traitors are ODing on this equality crud. When the minorities equal 50% of the population then we'll have parity. Until then it's just taking from one group to satisfy another one. ENOUGH, and these media companies are bankrupting themselves shoving this shiiiite down our throats as they scratch their tiny ballls wondering what's wrong, why bloggers have better ratings than the NBC ABC SEEEBS nightly news. DUHHHHHHHH

795 days ago
78.

Flying Blind    

i haven't watched AI every year, but i'll never watch again with those two as judges.
Bring on David Lee Roth and lets throw down.

795 days ago
79.

Kim    

Well just based on the racist remarks and racist people on this blog giving feedback I don't think it would be a good idea. Racist white people will never forgive Kanye, but they have no problems with the likes of Charlie Sheen or Mell Gibson or the rest of them. SMDH!!

795 days ago
80.

Uncle Rufus    

OH, NOOOOOOO! Hey A.I., if you put this TOOL on your show, I'll NEVER watch again! He is NOT forgiven for messing with TAYLOR SWIFT!!!

795 days ago
81.

JMP    

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

795 days ago
82.

Betty    

Oh please!!!!!! This show is done for if that happens. Last one out turn out the lights!

795 days ago
83.

Abe    

Doesn't Fox want Caucasians to watch Idol anymore?

795 days ago
84.

buckwheat    

That pic just makes me wanna punch this douchebag in his ugly ass deformed face

795 days ago
85.

Sue J    

Kanye 'trumps' Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Julio Igliasis? What idiot did that math???

795 days ago
86.

Floridagirl    

Okay, enough is enough...just cancel the stupid show. Bye American Idol!!!!!!!!!!!! I enjoy The Voice so much more. American Idol has become a circus of diva hosts being lured in with a promise of millions of dollars for doing not much of anything! You know what? Why don't you give me $250,000 so I can pay off a hospital bill and other bills I owe. I will be a judge.

795 days ago
87.

Dennie    

Blech. Definitely jumped the shark, both Idol and Kanye.

795 days ago
88.

jillyb    

So its basically a p*ssing contest of the uber wealthy-not about someones dream coming true-or even mentoring at this point.great

795 days ago
89.

Joyce    

I would never watch Idol again. I have always enjoyed it, every single season but not with him on the panel. The show will FLOP.

795 days ago
90.

lowcountryep    

Should judges be individuals that actually know and/or have talent?

795 days ago
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