Kanye West reportedly turned down 'American Idol' judge offer, wanted to save his "street cred"
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/20/2013
Kanye West apparently wants nothing to do with reality TV regardless of how big the opportunity could seem.
Not only has the rapper limited his appearances on Keeping Up with the Kardashians and refused to allow his daughter with girlfriend Kim Kardashian to enter the limelight, but now he's passing on the chance to serve as a judge on American Idol's thirteenth season, Us Weeklyreported.
"He didn't want to go that mainstream," a source told Us. "He didn't want to lose any street cred. So he turned it down."
West allegedly briefly considered the position but ultimately feared it would damage his reputation.
According to the source, Idol producers have also had discussions with Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, will.i.am, Sean "Diddy" Combs, and Rodney Jerkins to fill the vacant seat on the Fox reality singing competition's upcoming judging panel.