Stern confirms interest in “Idol” job


Howard Stern told his satellite radio listeners Monday that yes, he is talking to the producers of “American Idol” about becoming a judge. And the “King of All Media” says he would be the best possible replacement for departing Simon Cowell.

Warning: Uncensored satellite radio language follows.

Apparently there are entertainment reporters who hang on Stern’s every word. So, shortly after he spoke on Monday’s Sirius XM show, The Wrap quoted Stern as confirming the Idol report and saying, “There’s not a better job on the planet than judging that fucking karaoke contest.” Presumably, Stern would be able to watch his tongue on Fox, as he did for so many years on FM and AM radio.

Speculating about the pay, Stern noted one TV report that Idol would match the $100 million he’s paid by Sirius XM under a contract that ends in a few months. “Yeah, I would do that show for $100 million,” he said of Idol. noted that near the end of Monday’s satellite radio show, Stern provided an example of what he might say as a judge.

“Hey Fantasia, you’re not getting little boys hard. Nobody’s beating off to you. You look like you stepped out of a cartoon. Little boys want boners. They want a Britney Spears or a Rihanna. Little boys are scared that you are going to sit on them. You’re out. Honey, you look like you stepped out of a Haitian earthquake. You’ve got to go clean up your act. Get a haircut like Rihanna if you want little boys beating off to you.”

That obviously would not get by the Fox Standards and Practices department.

RBR-TVBR observation: Howard is a pro. He can say that stuff now because he’s on satellite radio and beyond the reach of the FCC’s indecency rule. We have no doubt that he would keep himself within the limits on broadcast television, because he knew how to do it for years on broadcast radio. Plus, nearly all of Idol is taped anyway. For $100 million a year, we suspect that even Larry Flynt could keep his language under control.