February 10th, 2010
02:33 PM ET

'Idol's' Kara DioGuardi keeps it to herself

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Kara DioGuardi, you are a sly one!

I participated in a conference call on Wednesday with the “American Idol” judge and she was pretty guarded about the stuff I most wanted to know.

She declined to comment on the show without Paula saying, “I really don’t want to speak about Paula’s absence because you can’t really compare Paula and Ellen, they’re completely different and I think they both bring something valuable to the table.”

And forget getting some scoop from her about rumors that Howard Stern is in the running to fill Simon Cowell’s seat next season when the Brit departs.

“Right now that’s a rumor and I don’t really know if I can even speak on it,” she said.

She did dish, just barely, on whether she thinks the shock jock would make a good judge.

“I don’t think he has a musical background or any kind of music anything,” she said. “I think that if you are going to replace Simon you’ve got to have that background. You have to be someone who knows about signing great artists and being a part of their career from the very beginning to the very end.”

DioGuardi wouldn’t even talk about reports that she and former “Idol” contestant Elliott Yamin are headed to the country of Angola in a few days as part of the “Idol Gives Back” charity initiative.

“I’m not at liberty to…talk about that,” she said.

Last season’s “fourth judge” also demurred on giving new judge Ellen DeGeneres a grade on her performance thus far.

DioGuardi would say, however, that she thinks DeGeneres is “great” and because of editing the audience hasn’t had a chance yet to see the breadth of DeGeneres’ ability.

“When I was sitting next to [DeGeneres] I felt she had a really good handle on whether a contestant had potential, whether they had star quality,” DioGuardi said. “She knew if something was off in the vocals or in their performance and I thought she delivered the message with kindness, but also had criticism in there.” According to the Nielsen ratings, the episode featuring DeGeneres' debut drew 27.7 million viewers.

DioGuardi did speak up about how she wouldn’t mind seeing a woman win this season, given the success of female artists like Taylor Swift, Beyonce and Lady Gaga, and how she enjoyed watching contestants perform her music.

As for the burning question about why the judge’s cups of Coke have been replaced this year by VitaminWater, she had only this theory: “I think they own Vitamin Water,” she said laughing. “I assume that.”

soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. Mike H.

    "American Idol" is entertainment. Nothing more, nothing less. For the benefit of the on-air talent hopefuls, it would be wise to replace Simon with someone who has brought up-and-coming talent into the business. However, apart from that, anyone who can hear and who has an opinion of music is fully qualified to sit as a judge on that show. It's not too terribly difficult to sit and listen.

    February 14, 2010 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. Whattyathink

    Who ever replaces Simon will have to be 1) foreign 2) in the musical recording industry and 3) honest .....

    February 13, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joel T.

    Donny Osmond???
    Y'all done lost your freakin' minds!!!
    I dont believe he has EVER said a mean thing to anyone!!!
    I'm all for Gene Simmons doing it but here is one that I haven't seen yet...


    Hey, then he could make his own money and stop sponging off Michaels money!!!

    February 12, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Just a Thought

    I didn't say AI replaced Simon with Ellen!! Kara said and I quote " I think that if you are going to replace Simon you’ve got to have that background." Yes, duh, they replaced Paula with Ellen; my point is Ellen has no musical background PERIOD. but yet the very quality Kars says is needed to replace Simon is not even present in Ellen who replaced Paula!
    FOX didn't need somebody with musical talent to replace Paula – says Sandy; your right! Look at who they chose! No Musical talent!!

    February 12, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chesbaycruiser

    IMO, Mary J Blige (super talented), Katy Perry (called Kara on her banal ramblings) and Neil Patrick Harris (Awe..wait for it....Some!) were all excellent judges. Shania wasn't too bad either.

    Avril Lavine, (who I like)....now SHE was terrible. And Joe Jonas? Ugh.

    And this is off-topic, but would someone PLEASE explain to Randy and Kara that there is not such thing as five hundred, a thousand or a million percent. One hundred is as high as it goes folks.

    February 12, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. kuz

    Good one Kara. Idol is done after this season without Simon. You should be begging Howard to save that ship. No music experience? He's only had just about every musician you can name in studio. Have fun fading back into obscurity you no talent clown.

    February 12, 2010 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. StephenJ

    I thought the worst guest judge the show ever had was Katy Perry. I did not care for the way she evaluated the contestants. Katy is lucky she did not come through the Idol process because if she encountered a judge like herself her singing career would have never started. I would think Katy will not be returning to Idol as a judge.

    February 12, 2010 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. cathy

    I don't think I would ever watch American Idol again if Howard Stern was the judge. I would rather see it end. Please stay Simon.

    February 12, 2010 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. Revolter

    I think Gene Simmons would be a good Simon replacement.

    February 12, 2010 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. Pam

    David Foster, Donny Osmond, Elton John.... all good choices.... but I'd go with Gladys Knight. I still say she's the best guest judge they ever had.

    February 12, 2010 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. Anthony

    Love him or hate him, Howard Stern would be an awesome addition to the show. He is one of the few people in show biz who's capable of replacing Simon because he evokes such strong emotional responses from listeners (or watchers).

    February 12, 2010 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. chesbaycruiser

    To "I",

    It's easy to understand how someone could be offended by Stern's on-air comments or antics, however you are evidentally misinformed about his ethics. He is notoriously NOT a womanizer. Except for a short period between his divorce from his first wife after 18(?) years and meeting his current wife, his committment to monogamy is well documented.

    I find most of these posts (on both sides fo the issue) hillarious. People taking "their" Idol so seriously, or revelling in the fact that they are now OVER the show and REFUSE to watch it. Vehemently defending or attacking judges or their credentials. Praising Howard like the Messiah, or ripping into what they think they know about him or some awful thing he supposedly said.

    Perhaps the best thing that would happen if Stern did end up on Idol (which he won't) would be listening to all these "haters" who claim they won't watch the show with Howard on it grudingly admit at the end of the season that there might be more to him than they thought. Because trust me, they WILL tune in, if only to see just how "rude" and "vulgar" he's going to be. Just like they did when he was on air at DC 101 in the '80's, when the people who identified themselves as Stern haters listened significantly longer than his fans? Seems they, like the fans, wanted to hear what he'd say next.

    February 12, 2010 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. sherry

    I'm over idol! Just isn't the same!

    February 11, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Isay

    I think if Elton John replaces Simon will be a good idea.

    February 11, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. I

    What about a past Idol winner or top 10 finalist that was a big hit as a judge?? Or a successful artist like Vince Gill, Garth Brooks (although he'd try sleeping w/ half the girls, probably Ellen, too).

    I love Ellen, and am super sad to hear Simon is leaving – he grows on you! Definitely not liking the idea of Howard Stern – his reputation (womanizer, etc.), whether some agree with it or not, would be sending the wrong message for AI fans.

    February 11, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Aly

    Honestly...I could see Howard Stern getting on this stupid show, but he'd be there to really spice it up. Everyone thinks he's vulgar, and some of the things he'll say will shock a ton of people, EXACTLY what some things need, at certain times. I would definately watch at least the first few of the season he's a judge. Honestly. This quit becoming a "family" show and a "teeny bopper" show when eye candy females started winning the competitions (example: CARRIE UNDERWOOD) sorry. I know people who went to school with that one, and she's a BIG liar but she's a pretty face with a horrid voice (don't care what ya'll think, even I CAN sing better than her). Seriously, you really want eye candy females and males to win? People are extremely attractive and pretend to put on a good show?????? Bring in Howard Stern. At least have him sit there for a few shows on a season. That would be completely hilarious and awesome!!! Either that or start choosing people who actually have talent and who don't look like Lindsay Lohan, or Britney Spears, even people like this "K-fed" or that Adam Lambert thing. NOW THAT WAS A BIG MISTAKE! Try someone who isn't out there to be super skinny and can actually hit the right high notes or low notes. PLEASE! I may watch again!!!!

    Without Wax,
    Aly from OKLAHOMA

    February 11, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Phoenix3

    It's bad enough that we have to tolerate Kara and her arrogant know it all attitude that frankly is a major turn off, and have lost Paula. Yes Paula may have been a bit of a ditz, but she added compassion to the show. Ellen has only been on the show for 2 episodes and she seems to be doing fine, but time will tell. If Howard Stern replaces Simon then the show will have a very short shelf life and my family will no longer be watching the show. The shows being shown on the other networks during same times are actually very good. Mr. Stern needs to stay where he is on satelite radio. He is not funny, consistantly rude, boring, arrogant and self serving, hum is his middle name Kara, by any chance?. Between the two of them the show will clearly flounder and become part of television history, faster than you can say cancelled!!! Simon is a straight shooter who says what needs to be said at times, and most of the time he is dead on right. Only someone who clearly understands the good and bad of the music industry and how hard it is to break into and remain successful should fill his place at the judges table.

    February 11, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  18. druickd


    After witnessing your bodyguards trying to intimidate a contestant's family, I copped the buzz. Despite the songwriting chops, you're really just a disingenuous, mean spirited 'also ran'.

    Pity. Paula was genuine – flaws and all. You are product.

    February 11, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  19. p

    Why do judges on AI need to know anything about music?
    Who cares? They are choosing idols, not musicians or singers.
    They just pick who they like. For whatever reason.
    It's all subjective. All intangible.
    Everybody's got an opinion. Opinions are like butts.
    Everybody's got one!
    The only qualification any of these judges is that they have the gig.
    They are the judges. Like it or lump it.
    However they got there, they are being paid really well to tell us who is talented, and what is good music.
    Come to think of it, I think I will decide that for myself – in the real world.

    February 11, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  20. bjames1956

    I believe that "Idol" has run it's course. It was a interesting show at a time long ago. I can't watch it anymore because is done .

    February 11, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Candace

    Stern is a jackass and if he is a new judge I guess that ends the show's status as "family friendly" - barely is right now with the shows desire to show so many of the losers trying out bleeping every 2nd word. Come on Idol!!

    Good replacement for Simon would be Sharon or Ozzy.

    February 11, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Rob Wilson

    I suggest as Simon's replacement – Alice Cooper or Neil Young , someone with a cool , unique musical LEGACY

    February 11, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  23. JustMe

    Howard is a PIG!!!!!! It's that simple. He's a pig! I've had the misfortune of seeing his TV show and the man is nothing but a disgusting pig, and I don't understand how anyone can watch him or listen to him. He has zero redeeming qualities.

    February 11, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  24. hey

    If they put Howard Stern on, they will lose the Christian audience. Big mistake. Howard Stern is an awful person and I'd stop watching if he was the judge.

    February 11, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Tanya Brown

    I love Ellen but what musical experience does she have? She dances to it on her show and she loves a variety of music. How does that qualify her but not Howard Stern?

    February 11, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Mona19595

    As Kara has said Ellen has more going for her musically than anyone realizes. I mean she has her own talk show and has scouted out a lot of unknown talent for her show. Yes she may have those behind the lines with real knowledge on potential but it is up to Ellen's approval whether these people get on her show. The AI judges are there to give advice and to get to the final few but it is the audience in the end who votes for the winner. AI has a long way to go to replace Simon Cowell and I think the show will survive after he is gone.............After all his criticism's are not constructive at all he'll make nasty remark's but never explains what he means. With him it's like a guessing game as to what he is trying to say.

    February 11, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Kristen

    If Howard Stern joins AI's cast, I will not watch!

    February 11, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Kara

    As a 40 year old college-educated professional woman, I think Howard is the only feasible replacement for Simon. For all of the women on this blog who have called Howard a pig, I say you are very wrong but wouldn't know that unless you have listened to him for as long as I have. Howard is smart, extremely funny, and says it like it is, which is the reason we all love Simon. He knows when it is appropriate to use adult humor, and would be on his best behavior on the show. In fact, since Howard moved to Sirius a few years ago, he has rarely used foul language and does not encourage others to use it either. I have developed quite a fondness for him, and I wish others would not judge him based on what they have heard about him. I think the show would be lucky to have him.

    February 11, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Patrick

    They should get Ben Folds!

    February 11, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Jim Frego

    There is no justification for have a Lesbian on a Family Show particularly one with "0" MUSICAL BACKGROUND.

    February 11, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  31. nishchick2001

    Has anyone thought of Gene Simmons? Music background, smart businessman, likeable, respected, huge fan base????

    February 11, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Gerry

    AL kind of sucks this year....Katy Perry was a horrid guest judge
    and the others were kind of lame...MJBlidge was the best and had the
    best comments...I think this is the last of AL ...they are all just going
    through the motions...Ellen D has no place on the show and cannot really come up with any comedy worth diddly. Simon C. 's behavior makes it
    seem the show is DONE, COOKED, RAN ITS COURSE...and I do wish
    he would wear a real shirt..he certainly makes enough money to get
    nice clothing...Even Seacrest seems OVER IT...
    I want to get into it this year..but just can't....g

    February 11, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Gerald

    I believe there are many individuals who would make a great judge, regardless if they have a strong musical background or not. Many people know if someone – is off-key when they sing, dresses awful, has a wonderful personality when they open their mouth to speak, looks good (face/skin/figure), can tell a contestant they most likely do not have a musical career ahead of them without degrading the person and etc. However, it's all about the money, not an experienced judge. They want a judge that people already know, who will draw a large audience (such as Ellen D.). Actually, I like Simon's brutal honesty, but I do believe when he tells a contestant "NO," he should be more gentle/kinder and choose his words better, since people are very sensitive, especially during their younger years. Heck, even I consider myself to be an excellent replacement for Simon, since my decisions seem to match the same decisions as the judges these past Idol seasons. But again, I'm just a common citizen that Simon would never give the time of day to, since I'm not a star or am not popular. I would love to see a regular person judging, someone who lost their job and needs to support their family. I believe this may draw a larger audience than a star. Hey Simon! – How about giving me the opportunity to prove myself, since I'm losing my job next week, have a family to support, am 57 years of age and a Veteran?

    February 11, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  34. houston

    i think neil patrick harris should replace simon. he was hillarious when he was a guest judge and he does have some musical background.

    February 11, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Rick

    Ellen has no musical background she is a no talent hack! Howerd Stern would actually tell the truth to the 99.9% of no talent people! He has been on the radio for over 30 yrs has sang on a platnimum record and is entertainment at its best, maybe if he gets on the show the acts that come from it wont be such a joke.I think it would do the show some good to get rid of all the housewives and little kids that are slowley killing the show with their stuck up views and eye's for no talent!

    February 11, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  36. AAK1234

    Ellen discovered Charice on Youtube a couple years ago. Look her up on Youtube you'll be amazed. Her performance on Oprah of her new song "Note to God" is great. Ellen knows talent when she sees it.

    February 11, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  37. michele

    -get rid of kara she is sooo annoying to watch and is always looking for attention with the camera

    --bring back Paula

    -stern?????? um NOT!!

    -Barry GIbb to replace Simon???Barry has a lot of musical background

    -i would look forward to watching the show if it was just Simon Randy and Ellen....

    February 11, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Juany

    I don't watch American Idol at all, but if Howard Stern replaces Simon; I will watch all the time. People don't like him, because he is brutally honest. I think he will be wonderful on the show. He is a very SMART person and he is not FAKE. Howard you are GREAT!

    February 11, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  39. reallynow

    Daniel, your sexuality doesn't define you. You're either one or the other. Why don't you keep us guessing. It would be more fun. There's lots more to you than who turns you on. Who you are is your own business until you make it everybody else's by making a spectacle of yourself. I don't care what you do, just don't put it in my face, hetero or homo.

    February 11, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  40. allen s

    Howard Stern would bring some comic relief to the set. I agree with getting someone with a background in music. Just because he is on the radio does not mean he can spot a great performer. But, yet, neither can the american voters when it comes to this show. Look at the history of American idol. The majority of 2nd or 3rd place winners put out records and have been more successful than the winner. I think the person to replace Simon would be someone with in the record industry....like Clive Davis.

    February 11, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  41. siren4song

    Kara is 'in your face' this season. I hated, hated how she and the guest woman judges during the auditions would pal up and giggle and make fun of the contestants. It looked like high school. Sorry Kara, but you are not all that. Ellen is a mistake. I didn't see anything humerous going on. Just the VERY stern face of someone taking herself WAY too seriously. Get over yourselves.

    February 11, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  42. suec

    How about the guy who sang pants on the ground? I think that wouldmatch simon up just fine.

    February 11, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Ryan K

    To those who sit there and say Howard is too vulgar i say Get Real. His SHOW is vulgar. Howard himself is a great guy and that is fact. He is a family man, and a very smart man. On his show he isnt even vulgar these days. That would be the other people on the show. It not like he would run Idol and turn it into his own show. Use your heads people. He is a very honest and polite guy. Prolly the most giving celeb (besides Oprah) He gives millions upon millions to various charities every year yet people that doent even listen to or know about him judge him like he is satan. Thats America for you..

    February 11, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Head Diva In Charge

    I think Ellen is a great Paula replacement, in some ways she bring the same lightness. But she is TOTALLY different. I just miss Paula's messy rants. As for a Simon replacement, I would think someone like LA Reid, Tommy Matola, Babyface, or even Jimmy Jam or Terry Lewis. As long as it was someone with real inside knowledge.

    February 11, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Dominic Peccini

    Howard Stern would be a GREAT Idol judge. Don't under estimate his talent, because he can do what needs to be done to succeed and I would bet big bucks that he would steal the show and make non believers- Stern fans if you give him a fair shot.

    February 11, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Cole

    AI has so jumped the Shark this season and just needs to swim off into the sunset. I can't wait for Simon's XFactor to come on with his side-kick Paula. AI is doomed.

    February 11, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Bruce

    I sure would not like to see Howard Stern either, I think John Travolta would make an excellent replacement for Simon

    February 11, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  48. MartyinLA

    I agree that they need a person with industry background to replace Simon. I used to tivo past Paula and Randy and go right to Simon as he is almost always right on. Kara is great and Ellen is a good addition. Maybe they don't need a replacement for Simon at all...

    February 11, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Dan

    Stern would be great.He does interviews like no one else anybody who doesnt know that will find out what a true genius this guy is and begin to love him like the half a billion people that already have found that out.Give him a chance I gaurantee you will nolonger hate him if you do.

    February 11, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  50. MoJo

    Howard Stern has no business on Idol. Those of you defending him.....Defend this if you can....About 10 years ago he had a female porn star on his show. He asked her how she got in the business. She expalined that she was molested and raped by her biological father as a child. Howards response went something like this.......Did it feel good? Did you enjoy having sex with your father??? He was asking her if at age 5, did she enjoy having sex with her father!!! He may have grown and changed in 10 years but a far as I'm concerned, anyone who could ever think, let alone say such a thing is a very sick and sad person. It's scary to me that he has three girls with that thought process in his head! He's a creep.

    February 11, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Big Al

    I can hear it now:
    Every female that would be ready for their audition: Howard would say:

    Oh man: What I would do to you:
    Let me see your breasts, come on show em to me:
    What color underwear do you have on? Are you wearing any: Yeah:
    Oh Man : What I would do to you:

    I'd give you the best 10 seconds of your life:
    Oh man: What I would do to you::
    Hey BABABOEY: Can I give her the best 10 seconds or what?

    NO WAY this guy gets on!

    February 11, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  52. David

    Simon should be replaced by the DEVIL. American Idol is going to HE## any how - why not make it a "HOT" new show!

    February 11, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Erica McSnarkstein

    I was a long time Stern listener before he moved to Sirius...IMO he jumped the shark years ago. Heard him on a friend's satellite radio a few times and it was a big yawn with f bombs being dropped practically every other word. Also, the reason why he is so much more successful on radio is that he is physically repugnant to look at.
    AI is a family show. He is not family enertainment.

    February 11, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Tara

    I find all the laughable. I was a avid AI watcher until last season with the judges save and all the hoopla, its just become TOO much. I didnt have to convince myself too hard considering that I was a HUGE fan of NCIS and since they went head to head it just meant that NCIS didnt have to be TIVO'd anymore. NCIS....#1 Show! American Idol.....Cant seem to hold the viewers it previouslyt had and cant garner more. Sorry AI fan's, I think you'll just have to accept it.....even Star Search had to end! Replace Simon.....ARE you NUTS?!?!?!? Can't be done! It would be like trying to replace Jerry on Seinfeld, Fraiser on Fraiser, Dr. Ross on ER...wait dont use that one. The point is that Simon is the STAR and the show cant go on without him and it's better for them to admit it then become a washed up, JUMP THE SHARK, show.

    February 11, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Martin

    If/When Simon leaves, the show is dead to me.
    Why watch it. To watch the countess bad singers who want a chance to be on tv? NO.
    There are more cost effective ways to find talent the old fashioned way. The best don't always win.

    February 11, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Cal

    If the dim-wits who run Idol have Stern on, it will no longer be a "family"
    show, but a "burlesque" show! God!!! Who came up with this idea?!!

    February 11, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Peggy

    I miss Paula, but I like Ellen on the show. Kara has grown on me. Randy too. I don't think the show can go on without Simon. I have listened to Howard Stern. I watched his movie. I do not like the man, and will NOT watch AI if he replaces Simon. Life is too short to waste time watching something/someone you don't like.

    February 11, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  58. MusicalBackground?

    Paula really doesn't have a musical background. Yeah, she was an artist and made a ton of money, but no trained musician would claim that she is a singer. She is a dancer, a look, and a trip to the bank. Ellen has every bit the amount of "musical knowledge" that Paula had. Actually, I think her feedback is MORE specific than Paula. Now as for Simon, they need an industry guy to replace him.

    February 11, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Linda Davidson

    I like Ellen's addition to the show. She is very different than Paula. It will be hard to replace Simon. I think Howard Stern is a wrong choice, he's been against the concept of American Idol for a long time. Here are my thoughts. What about letting Ryan Seacrest become a judge, he is the new Dick Clark afterall and trying out a new host to replace Ryan. Other replacement ideas are: Donny Osmond – he has a music background, was a teen idol, and has a unique personality. Another great choice would be Smokey Robinson. It's fun to pretend you are Simon Fuller and think about who could replace Simon in a different way.

    February 11, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Daniel

    Joann shouldn't watch any tv in that case because theres at least 1 gay cast member on every network show and cable show. Not everybody is open about it becaue of people like Joann ... sad sad world she must live in. Peace be with you Joann.

    February 11, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Don

    Sorry, but I disagree with having Howard on the show. In my opinion...I repeat MY opinion..he is just vulger. Plan and simple. Which by the way, is the very reason he isn't on public tv. American Idol is and has always been family friendly. To allow him to become a part of American Idol is lowering the standards that has made this show what it is. Although Helen D. doesn't have a musical background she does bring something to the table. One person without a musical background (judging) is enough. This is after all a singing competition.

    February 11, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  62. pepe

    I would not watch AI if that freak was on it. He is an ass and doesnt belong on a show where you have parents watching with there children. Get Elton John to replace Simon then you would have something. But if it is Stern i will no longer watch your show with my girl. She totally agrees.

    February 11, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  63. in response

    to "just a thought".....kara said someone WHO replaces SIMON would have to have a background in music, know about signing great artist, etc......ellen replaced paula so i'm not understanding you getting on your high horse about her not having a musical background...maybe you should go back and reread kara's comments...

    February 11, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Tina

    If Stern replaces Cowell that will be the end of my Idol days. I find Ellen annoying enough. Forget Stern.

    February 11, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Daniel

    Rich is right on target ... oh Stern was also responsible for getting Bon Jovi back together in the mid 90's. Stern does have his pulse on music more than Ellen does.

    February 11, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  66. joann

    Don't care who they replace Simon with...I quit watching when they put NO TALENT Ellen on the show......Could be also...(Here it goes) I boycott any T.V. shows that have gay or lezbians on it...That is, if I know there is any on the show!!!! It is my right to not believe in it...I hope the show goes DOWN!!!!!

    February 11, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Rich

    For all those who would never watch the show again if Howard joined the judges. Good. Take care, see ya. I am sure the producers really don't care. They can afford to lose a few viewers. Moreover, the number of new viewers that he would bring will balance you out. Howard would bring a lot of buzz and excitement around the show. That is what it needs. Also, to say he knows nothing about music is uninformed. He has been around the music industry longer than most of you poster have been alive. He has seen groups come and go over the past 3 decades. I think he has his finger on the pulse of what makes musicians succeed. Ever hear on BonJovi. Well he had Bonjovi on the show well before he became a mega star. Furthermore, Howard know how to tune it down when he needs to. If he came to AI he would take it seriously and be a great addition to the crew. He has succeeded in everything else he has done. Why not here too?

    February 11, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Daniel

    I can't believe people sometimes. You are the same people that embrace Snoop Dog (drug user, former drug dealer, Porn Director), enbrace Jay-Z (Former gang leader and Drug dealer), will go see the new Mel Gibson movie (Anti-Semite) but you are disgusted by Stern because woman voluntarily come into his studio and take off their clothes. He doesn't force them into it ... that would be considered sexual assault people. I don't watch Idol but I am a Stern fan but will Stern going to Idol make me watch it ... probably not who knows. People really hate Stern because he is honest about his feelings and makes it public. He says the things people only wish they could say in public.

    Oh and the woman who said he hates Ellen because she's gay is ignorant! Stern has been honored by Gay and Lesbian groups for his strong support of gay rights and same sex marriage through the years.

    For those who tune out, I will guarantee that there will be little to no loss in the ratings because he has 10 million listenrs on Sirus XM who will tune in to see what he does.

    Idol needs a judge who is honest and let people know that they are not good, crazy or just plain awful. He can do that and not skip a beat where Ellen may be honest but too nice about it, Randy who has to crow bar his catch phrase form the 90's "dawg" to make him feel hip and Kara from what I hear is honest but will not say in this article she hates Stern but will do the politiclly correct thing and dance around her true feelings. So how honest is she in this article?

    February 11, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Kate

    Tommy Mottola would be a good choice.

    February 11, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  70. patman59

    Gene Simmons of Kiss is Howard WITH a musical background.
    Lets talk GENE!

    February 11, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  71. idol fan

    Well, there are so many people saying "if you listen to Howard Stern's show..." I listened for about a year, until I heard the episode where he invites one girl to vomit on the other. That was the last day I listened. If he comes to Idol, that will be the last day I watch that too. Obviously, he's not going to be doing anything like that on Idol, but that doesn't mean I have to like him.

    February 11, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  72. re-DONK-ulous

    Ada – Paula had what....5 hits? 20 years ago? Choreographer...okay...I'll give her that, but even when they DID play her music on the radio, it was semi-lame. And also? Are we forgetting her drug induced behavior? The woman was so toasted for most of the shows she couldn't properly articulate her reviews of the performance. ELLEN ROCKS! She's got an ear for music, the entertainment business from MANY aspects...I mean – have you heard her RAP? Hysterical. She didn't take the job for the money, and it's absolutely ridiculous for you to even state that as a reason. She's a FAN of the SHOW, she's the VOICE of the PEOPLE, she can spot STAR QUALITY, she can appreciate TALENT when she SEES IT. That's the type of judge that we need to replace Paula.

    As for Kara...meh...I can do without her to be honest, I feel that she tries too hard sometimes, she can write and sing, but her cheekyness comes across as a desperate attempt at getting us to accept her onto the panel, and I'm sorry, she just needs to act like herself and quit trying so hard.

    I dunno who we can get to replace Simon, but it sure as hell better not be Howard Stern. He's not "Idol" material, I'd be afraid he'd get censored every other word and I'm not sure I want my kids watching him. Someone that is well respected in the industry would be really great. Someone mentioned Barry Manilow...I think I really like that idea...he's dripping with talent and ability. And anyone who writes the jingle for McDonald's is A-OK in my book.

    February 11, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Ron777

    It'd be fun to wach "Idol" go down n flames wtih Howard Stern as its helm. I'd watch every episode!!

    February 11, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  74. vern

    I don't care what Ellen's qualifications are, she has very sexy eyes. As far as replacing Simon goes it can't be done. Stern is not the answer and neither is Elton John. My vote is for 50 Cent to be the next judge.

    February 11, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Mel

    I will lose my mind and boycott idol for the rest of my life if Howard Stern becomes the new judge. I still cannot fathom how the hell that jerk ever got famous and WHY people listen to him. He is just a sleazy, stupid jerk just like Jay Leno. At least Simon was dignified in his 'jerkness'. Howard Stern is just...gross. That is also another reason I'm sure he is in radio. I would not want to spend the next few years staring at him on tv and listening to his ridiculous comments. If I want to hear interviews from little people in the adult entertainment industry I will listen to his show. He has no business on American Idol.

    February 11, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Gail Snail

    American Idol is not long for this world. They are replacing Judges with musical background for Judges without musical background. I do NOT see how Ellen DeGenerous & Howard Stern fit in as Judges.

    American Idol is no longer the show it started out to be. I used to like the show. No more.

    February 11, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Amanda

    I think Ellen is fantastic and even though she doesnt have any experience is singing shes great for tv and completely entertaining...in fact the only reason I watched Tuesday's episode was because of her. I am not a fan of Howard Stern and I think they could definitely do better than him as a judge...they need someone with Simons personality he tells it like it is and while Stern does too hes a pervert and does not have class like Simon does (even with his harsh words). Get Diddy or Russell Simmons as a judge that would be so much better and I would definitely watch or TiVO it then.

    February 11, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Momma in Niagara

    David Foster would be a really good replacement for Simon. Just because Howard Stern is an outspoken d-bag does not mean he would be good for the show. Simon is outspoken, and opinionated, but he knows what he is talking about. David Foster would be an excellent replacement because he is a no-nonsense guy. For that, Barry Manilow would be a good replacement. Pick someone with a music background. While Ellen does not have a background in the industry, she is a nice addition to the show and seems to have a good ear.... Howard Stern comes on, I tune OUT.. along with many others.

    February 11, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Flash

    If Howard Stern becomes a judge on Idol I will NOT watch!
    He's a complete idiot.

    February 11, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Angelica

    Stern is good at what he does but I think he will be wrong for the AI show becasue: (1) High schoolers and younger have no clue who he is. (2) He is lacking the teddy bear charm that Simon has, which so intrigues the cougar crowd. (I should know, I am a late 30's woman a mom and a HS teacher.) Youngsters and cougars are the two primary demographics that have to be pleased from what I read.

    February 11, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  81. ME

    I don't care who they replace Simon with....just FIRE KARA!!! She is sickening....I don't watch AI anymore because she is on the show

    February 11, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Ada

    Howard Stern is not the right person to replace Simon, David Foster would be the best choice. However Foster is involved in so many projects that he probably would NOT accept.

    With regard to Ellen D. she is definitely NOT qualified to be a judge either. She is a comedian period. The rest of us regular people would not be qualified and yet we do love music and groups. The contestants should be judged by QUALIFIED music industry people.

    Before Ellen they had guest judges and they were all great because they were part of the music industry and it also provided for interesting conversations, and entertainment for us the viewers.

    I say get rid of Ellen and pick two Qualified people to give these young contestants the chance they deserve.

    I was really surprised that Ellen took that job- is she desperate for money? She along with the rest of us knows she is NOT qualified!

    February 11, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  83. The best critic

    Conan could use a job. I could use a new job, too.

    February 11, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  84. David

    From my point of view, I think Stern would make an interesting judge, but from a business point of view, don't think it'll happen. His radio audience not in Idol's demo, and he'll probably scare away lots of people, even if it's unjustified. I'll probably watch the first season he's on but will most likely stop after that.

    I think Stern is "saboTAAging" his chances of getting onto Idol by constantly ripping on Ellen, and to lesser degrees, Kara and Randy. He's already creating too much tension. But then, that's what makes Howard so appealing, he'll tell you exactly what's on his mind.

    February 11, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  85. Chris

    AI will never be the same without Simon!

    February 11, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  86. Jim

    David Foster would be a great judge. So would Shania Twain but that would leave Randy on his own, surronded by women. Kara is a good judge and is second only to Simon in that respect.

    February 11, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  87. AFLRF

    They have Ellen on bc she has experience in show business. If you would've watched it the first night she was on you would've heard them say that "all though she doesn't have any music business experience she does have experience in show business."

    February 11, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  88. Daniel

    For all of you who HATE Howard Stern, have you EVER listened to the program or do you go by what all the "sheep" say? He's a man who's had the following: a #1 movie, #1 soundtrack, #1 radio show, helped "E!" find it's place in cable tv, generated high ratings on the late night shows ... do I need to go on. "AI" as many of you call it is losing ratings. 28 million watched, but that's down from previous years. Ellen has ZERO music experience, where as Stern is a DJ and has been a program director (which means he picked the music for the station). He got Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters to do "Everlong" acousticly which was then picked up EVERY radio station in the country. By the way, Grohl didn't even want to do the song because he never did acoustic before. All of you hate a guy you don't even know. I will guarantee that all of you who say "I will not watch Idol if he's on it" will tune in because you're curious. As for Kara, she completely contridict's herself because Ellen has no music experience. Randy Jackson! the BACK UP bass player in Journey has very little music experience. People have respect for Simon because he's done this show in England before it was here in the states so he knows what he's talking about. Shame on all of you for judging a book by it's cover.

    February 11, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  89. sue

    If Howard Stern replaces Simon, I'll never watch the show again!!

    February 11, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  90. Tammy

    If Howard Stern replaces Simon, I will discontiue watching the show.

    February 11, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  91. chesbaycruiser

    Would Howard make a good replacement judge? Absolutely. Will it ever happen? Absolutely not.

    There are plenty of people who have listened to his show and don't like it. Understood. But the vast majority of Stern haters have either never listened to his show, only heard soundbites taken out of context, or just believe erroneous info. (i.e. Howard Stern's infamous call to Air Florida after one of their fleet crashed, asking "how much for a one-way ticket to the 5th St. bridge?" - It never happened.)

    Howard can definitely be offensive and abrasive, but it stems from the brutally honest, opinionated, unedited style radio of radio that he invented, and so many since have copied. (Sounds a bit like Simon, doesn't it.)

    Contrary to the belief of some, Stern does have some musical chops, having been heavily involved in his own soundtrack album (including performing on it), and even more signifcantly, he has a history of recognizing talent before "the masses" and giving them airtime. (Ever heard of Bon Jovi?)

    But while Fox would love the press Stern generates, they would not embrace the controversy caused by his selection, or the "soundbite storm" that would surely follow. Howard could potentially bring millions of new viewers to AI, just as he brought millions to Sirrius, but there's no doubt he's send quite a few packing, and you can bet there are a lot of groups out there chomping at the bit to boycott and protest his participation on the show.

    But in the end, Stern won't do AI because there's no way he could be himself. Idol would want Stern-Lite–a watered-down version, and that's something I don't think he'd deliver. Plus, there's no way they'd pay him enough.

    It's a shame though. Stern is not the caricature he is often portrayed to be, and there is no doubt that his razor-sharp wit and honest opinions would be refreshing. I think if he did do the show, he'd suprise a LOT of people, and win them over just like a certain snobby, arrogant British talent judge.

    I'm sure there'd have to be a few changes though....how about "Lesbian Stripper Idol"? No? Too soon?

    February 11, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  92. RPJ

    Someone replacing Simon Cowell needs to have exactly what Kara said – the ability to sign artists and see their careers through from start to finish. That's not Ellen's role on American Idol, so anyone trying to draw that conjecture needs to step back and think about that for a second. Plus, Ellen made a great statement to substantiate her belonging on the show as a judge – she knows what it takes to please an entire room of people, and she knows how hard that is. From what I've seen of her critiquing, she can spot things that work and things that don't. But in any case, you can't compare Ellen's replacing Paula with the potential of Howard replacing Simon. The roles are completely different – period.

    February 11, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  93. A Fan

    I know for a fact that Ellen came to the show to look it at the audience's point of view and judge the contestants based on that and not like someone with a musical background.

    February 11, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  94. M

    To: Just a thought...did you read your comment before you posted it? We are talking about replacing SIMON as a judge. Ellen replaced Paula. Totally different story.

    February 11, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  95. lily

    I predict David Foster will replace Simon

    February 11, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  96. Denise

    American Idol is much better without Paula, but if they bring in Howard Stern, count me out. I HATE HATE HATE Stern and have never understood what listeners like about him.

    February 11, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  97. Kenny

    To me, the judging is the least important aspect of the show. The fans vote is what matters. I voted many times last season and not one single time did I vote based on what the judges said.

    Idol should consider having a contest to select a Fan to replace Simon. The could hold the contest every year and have a new judge each year.

    February 11, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  98. sg

    Kara is boring! She needs to go next.

    February 11, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  99. Common Good

    Hello ¨Just a thought. Yes you are confused. Ellen did not replace Simon. She replaced Paula. Simon is there another season.

    February 11, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  100. Rich

    Judge Judy gets my vote.

    February 11, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  101. Carla

    YUK!! Howard Stern! I wouldn't be able to stomach watching the show any more. GAG ME!!

    February 11, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  102. Steve

    Who in the hell cares what Kara thinks? She is a ignorant, arrogant, mean b****. I can't stand the sight of her. I don't care what she has done in the music business. She is not a nice person. I wish she would of announce she was leaving the show. I miss Paula and I am so glad that Simon is leaving the show after this season and taking Paula with him to his new show. This season's American Idol has by far been the worst season ever. This season is so boring and I've actually fell asleep watching the shows. The executive producers of the show of really screw up this season with the way they are doing American Idol. What a waste of time and money.

    February 11, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  103. TinLV

    Simon is also obnoxious. It is one of his few drawbacks as a judge in my opinion. I can't stand him when he's being a jerk. A judge can be honest with the contestants without being insulting and deliberately trying to make them cry. Hiring Howard Stern would just be replacing him with someone even more obnoxious and offensive. Let's hope they go another direction. Kara is right in that whoever replaces Simon needs to have a similar background in the music business. Ellen is doing great. It wasn't necessary to replace Paula with another singer/songwriter because Kara is already there (and I think they hired Kara in the first place because they knew Paula would eventually be leaving.)

    February 11, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  104. Pat in IL

    Ellen is a good choice as a good judge. She can certainly spot "star quality" faster than anyone, and she's a joy to watch. If Howard Stern is chosen to replace Simon, the show will be history very fast. Howard Stern has no talent other than spewing obscenities louder than anyone else. He's disgusting in both actions and appearance, and that would end up ruining the show. To keep up the quality that gives us talents like Taylor Swift, etc., the judges need to have a high degree of quality talent.

    February 11, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  105. Just me

    I love Ellen on the show. My daughter has been waiting to see her. However if Howard is added to the show, we are done watching. I will not allow my daughter to sit and listen to the stuff he says. He is a sick pig.

    February 11, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  106. Jeremy

    I don't understand the outrage people have towards Howard Stern.
    American Idol is garbage anyways – it is one of the reasons that the music industry is such a joke these days. Heaven forbid you learn to play an instument, write your own songs, go out into the world and try to make it – no instead we'll have a singing & looks contest (Complete with a zillion commercials) where we will let Joe Shmoe American decide which flavor of the week "deserves" a record contract. Then someone will write their songs for them & they will be over played on pop radio ad naseum. To me the lack of soul in our music these days is an outrage – Not Howard Stern – if anything, he would bring an element of "truth" to this silly contest (and laughs)

    February 11, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  107. Wen

    Howard Stern is an interesting choice to replace Simon, but for those of you who are HS fans, will he be as appealing if he has to be sensored? HS has based his career on catering to an adult audience, I think it would take some serious restraint on his part to pull of a "family friendly" prime-time gig and then would he be the Howard Stern we all love.

    February 11, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  108. Bret

    Oh... and another thing: What are Simon Cowell's music credentials? All I ever knew of him was American Idol (which he does very well)... but after looking in to it a bit I found the following:

    (from http://www.wikipedia.org)

    "Cowell signed up a number of acts to S-Records that became successful, including Curiosity Killed the Cat, Sonia Evans, Five, Westlife, Robson & Jerome, and Ultimate Kaos. He also released several novelty recordings featuring the likes of wrestlers of the World Wrestling Federation, Teletubbies, Zig and Zag and the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, that were huge successes. Cowell set up another label, Syco Music, in 2002 which later became part of Columbia Records and Sony BMG Music Entertainment. Artists such as Leona Lewis, Il Divo and contestants from The X Factor and America's Got Talent are released on Syco."

    Wow. He sure has done some great stuff in the music business, hasn't he? Those are some really popular groups and important albums he's produced.

    February 11, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  109. Bret

    I like how all of these people who hate Howard Stern know absolutely nothing about Howard Stern. Answer me this, geniuses, what has Howard Stern done that is so rude, crude or indecent? Give me one example? There is nothing that he has done that is any different from any other entertainer out there right now.

    Are you not allowing your children to listen to John Mayer records because he used the "N word" in an interview? I think that is pretty indecent. You are all probably the same idiots who complained to the network about Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" and caused the censorship of entertainment to be harsher than ever in this country.

    Grow up, people.

    Do you actually think Howard Stern would go on television and comment about teenagers bodies? Or make lude jokes using curse words and raunchy innuendo? You have no concept of reality if this is what you think and I feel sorry for your children if they have to grow up being fashioned after ones so ignorant. But, don't worry about your precious American Idol; Stern won't be judge next year... unless Fox moves the show to New York and doesn't mind paying $100 million.

    You're safe, America. Big, bad Howard Stern will not infect the minds of your little “Stepford drones” you are raising.


    February 11, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  110. Lynn

    Simon replacements: Ringo Starr.....Elton John.....Donny Osmond......David Foster.........Lionel Richy

    February 11, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  111. John

    I've not listened to Stern since he left for Sirius. However, I love to hear all of the comments about how he is so crude, disgusting, etc.

    He is much more "real" than Ellen could ever hope to be. He's just as qualified, if not more, than Ellen to be a judge. If AI producers were so worried about having a "music" person as the next judge they never would have taken the easy way out to hire DeGeneres.

    It was a bad idea to re-sign Kara to another year after a horrible debut season and Ellen's hiring is just another way to promote the show but does nothing to add to the credibility of the judging.

    Paula was a nut but had at least been there. All of the "guest judges" had been there. Ellen, come on!

    February 11, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  112. LSJ

    If Howard Stern became a judge, I would never watch the show again!

    February 11, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  113. David

    This woman is an awful interview and a even worst judge of talent. She does not have an original thought in her head. It is my opinion her only claim to fame is being related (some how) to Regis!

    February 11, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  114. Coreso

    If Howard Stern takes the seat on Idol, the program will off of my watch list in a hurry. Howard needs a change of heart and his life.

    February 11, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  115. AJ

    Ellen replaced Paula, not Simon. You don't need a musical background to replace Paula.

    February 11, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  116. Robin

    I think Elton John should replace Simon. He has talent, know-how and is a kind human being who speaks the truth.

    February 11, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  117. Arlene Most

    Howard Stern – you have got to be kidding – all he would do is exploit women, disgrace women, give him another arena he will become the new ceasar in town – A I would be doomed for sure – like Rome it would burn to the ground for sure – but the blame would be put on a woman – never a man – what A I should do (suggestion) is have a different "sucessful" singer, different "successful" song-writer sit in that seat to replace Simon – I hope A I makes a good valid decision – not a bad one – hey, there's always IMUS....!!!!

    February 11, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  118. Sam

    There would have been a better, more succinct way of writing this article: "No comment".

    February 11, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  119. yoyoyo

    I love Kara and can't believe people are knocking her. Do some research folks, Kara is very well-versed in the music business – she's a record company exec, she's written a ton of top hits and she sings great. I think she is the anchor to the whole show frankly from the ridiculous "dawg" comments by Randy to the nastiness of Simon, she brings a professional perspective with her comments and insights. I love her and told my wife I wish she were my sister. I'll tell you I wish she were my girlfriend!

    February 11, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  120. G Rogers

    Who cares what Kara thinks? She's the reason I'm not watching the show anymore.

    February 11, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  121. ben jackson

    This has the smell of an "interviewer" trying to get someone to make an inflamatory remark.
    Where are your interviewer skills girl?
    Were you interviewing her to really get her story, or were you trying to get grist for your "blockbuster remarks" mill?
    How sad you are miss interviewer......how sad.

    February 11, 2010 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  122. del boy

    American idol will slowly die off, Simon will bring his x factor show over as he has done here in the UK , its a much better format.

    huge ratings winner over here.

    February 11, 2010 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  123. rl cook

    Stern's audience is not AI's audience hence having him replace Simon would be the death knell for the show. How about Mutt Lang?

    February 11, 2010 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  124. Mary

    Howard Stern is a digusting pig and should not be considered a replacement for Simon. He degrades women. He may be married with 3 daughters but he is still a pig. As for Ellen, she is great – those Ellen haters don't like her because she is gay.

    February 11, 2010 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  125. Dennise

    I appreciate the talent of Ellen Degeneres (sp?) on many different levels. She certainly is a qualified judge in the entertainment business. I believe Howard Stern could be a good judge. But, I hope he has grown up a bit over the years. His disrespect has always been disgraceful. .

    February 11, 2010 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  126. John

    No one wants to watch that freak Ellen...get her off and the show has a chance.

    February 11, 2010 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
  127. joey

    that show lost most of its feathers, and his shine a good or bad replacement will not change this fact...its exhausted all originality, sparks
    get over it

    February 11, 2010 at 4:06 am | Report abuse |
  128. Unconscious

    I think he would be perfect replacement. Why would you want to watch AI without any of the spice? Without an straightforward mean dude the show is just a snooze fest karaoke contest with 2 boring hags as judges. I don't even count Randy because he never has an opinion.

    February 11, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  129. Jay

    Howard is one of the few people who could actually replace Simon Cowell and still have the show gather the ratings that it does. Anybody who thinks Howard is going to start talking about the girl contestants bodies, is either an idiot, or never listens to the Howard Stern Show to know what Howard is all about.

    February 10, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Diane

    HS may be married with 3 girls but that doesn't diminish his ICK-factor!

    February 10, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  131. alianas mom

    I think Ellen is a great addition to AI. She's honest, yet compassionate, she also brings a bit of humor to the show. As far as Howard Stern goes, BAD, BAD IDEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know as far as my household goes, AI would lose 4 viewers, not alot compared to the millions that watch, but I'm sure there are others who feel the same as I do. No way would I watch or let my 10 yr. old watch, who, by the way absolutely LOVES AMERICAN IDOL!!!!!!!!

    February 10, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  132. brent

    @just a thought, ellen DID NOT replaced simon actually it was paula. remember, kara was actualy saying that if your going to replace SIMON. it would be better if you have the same background like managing artist producing and all that stuff.

    February 10, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  133. jomaredagreetingcards.com

    I think the Simon replacement should be someone off the street who is not famous. That would help balance things out.

    February 10, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  134. MJ

    I think they should try replacing Simon with Clive Davis. I'd keep my fingers crossed that he could be entertaining... not sure... but he sure knows his music!

    February 10, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  135. MJ

    OK yes, I'm a Stern Fan, and I guess you have to be one to understand the radio show is just that, a show. Being a parent I also understand the concern most people would have at the thought of him on a prime time, "somewhat" family show like AI. For example his movie Private Parts, you would this is an adult movie from the title however is it quite a good movie. All I ask if he is picked to replace Simon, give him a chance I think you will be plesantly surprised by his quick wit and humor.

    February 10, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Diane

    I would not continue watching the show if Howard Stern replaces Simon. HS is a pathetic individual .. no talent for anything but womanizing .. unpleasant to look at .. let's see, need I say more?

    February 10, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  137. louisezeitlin

    Hey Heather, how long have you listened to him. I have since the late 80s I'm 65 years old, I listen to him every day. I know Howard would have to mind his ps & qs, because of the FCC. But, he is honest, and he knows what he's talking about. Unless you listen to the show, you have no idea who Howard Stern really is ... by the way, do you ever hear or read or see anything negative about Howard in the tabloids like some of these other celebrities. He has 3 daughters, they're smart and beautiful and he's a devoted father. He didn't cheat on his first wife, nor would cheat on his new wife. Who can you say that about when it comes to celebrities or politicians. You know nothing about Howard Stern!!!!!
    You people who don't listen to the show don't know anything about him.

    February 10, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  138. louisezeitlin

    I have to laugh she says Howard Stern doesn't have experience in the music business. Well, hell, he's had unknown bands, singers, etc. on his show that became huge success, plus he's had almost every named musical talent on his show since he went on the radio 24 + years ago. He has a good sense of who is good and who isn't. We won't do Idol thing because he hates traveling, and doesn't want to be away from his wife, so I make a bet he never becomes a judge, on his own terms.

    What is DeGeneres? I love her, she's funny, but does she know any more than Stern ... what because she can dance on her show. Give me a break. People don't know Stern if they don't listen to him, they talk out of the backsides.

    February 10, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Adam

    I love how people that don't even listen to howard can judge him. this isn't the 80's anymore. howard is not the same person. He's a married man with 3 girls and has more respect for women than you may think. Please don't judge him until you listen to him

    February 10, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Hannah

    i think that simon's presence on AI would be greatly missed if the show continues. i also believe that howard stern is NOT the person to replace him. this show has always been relatively family friendly; why in the world would you bring in a raunchy radio host? he may have the gruff-ness simon has, but i can assure you that there are many people out there with a simon-esque personality that leave the inappropriate comments and behaviour at home.

    February 10, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  141. gabe

    uhhh to just a thought they didnt replace simon with ellen, they replaced paula(did she have any knowledge of music some, but not as much as randy and simon) so simon's replacement has to know the business really well.

    February 10, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  142. Heather

    Howard Stern would NEVER work with AI. AI is a family show and a teeny-bopper show. Howard making comments about the little teenager's bodies would just be soo inappropriate and yucky. Simon is super harsh, but the most in tune with who is really talented and who will work as a recording artist. I don't see how Howard could take that spot. I'd definitely have to quit AI if he's added to the show. I don't see how Howard could gel with the other judges, esp. Ellen and Kara. He's just such a pig. And I don't think I could look at that mug twice a week,either.

    February 10, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Sandy

    FOX didn't need somebody with musical talent to replace Paula; however, they do need somebody with a background in the entertainment industry...I belive that Ellen has that. As for Howard Stern replacing Simon...BAD IDEA! In Simon's position they DO need somebody that has record signing experience....The only experience that Howard Stern has is being crude, rude, and obnoxious! DON'T EVEN CONSIDER IT FOX!!!!!

    February 10, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Just a Thought

    OK, wait, I'm confused. You have to have musical background to replace Simon? So, what's Ellen's musical background? NONE! But, there she sits. AI is on it's way out; once Simon leaves, the show will end soon after. Actually, Howard Stern has more musical background than Ellen has even thought of! With his "Shock Jock" character might be just the kind of Guy the show needs!

    February 10, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |

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