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Howard Stern Confirms He’s in Talks to Judge Idol

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Howard Stern admitted Monday that he's in talks to replace Simon Cowell as a judge on American Idol.

"There's not a better job on the planet than judging that f—ing karaoke contest," the shock jock, 56, announced on his Sirius radio show (via

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"It would be the best thing that happened to me," he continued. "What a cush job — $100 million for four months. Who wouldn't take that?"

The catch?

"They'd have to pay me a ton of dough because I already make a ton of dough," says Stern. "$100 million to judge a karaoke contest? Yeah, I would do that show for $100 million."

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Stern says he'd quit his radio show if he ended up on the Fox reality show. His $500 million, five-year contract expires at the end of 2010.

Naturally, he thinks he'd be perfect at the gig.

"If I do say so myself, I can't imagine anyone else but me replacing [Cowell]," Stern said. "I mean, I don't know. How else are they going to make that show work? Who knows how to broadcast and who knows how to be interesting? And who's not afraid to speak their mind?"

Marc Berman, the senior TV editor at Mediaweek, agrees.

"I probably can't think of anybody better than him," he tells "He would create a lot of controversy. If they're looking to keep the show on the map, it's not a bad idea."

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