Two American Idol insiders have denied a New York Post report that claimed the Fox reality competition has approached the controversial radio personality about replacing Cowell after the show's currently airing ninth season, The Daily Beast reported Tuesday.
According to the Post report from Friday, American Idol had approached Stern after hearing his repeated on-air mentions that he is "open to other offers" once his current $500 million Sirius XM Radio deal expires in January 2011.
However a source familiar with the search for Cowell's replacement told The Daily Beast that Stern was "never even being considered" and the show is months away from choosing a new judge to replace Cowell.
During Monday's broadcast of his Sirius XM satellite radio show, Stern had confirmed he would be interested in replacing Cowell and made numerous comments that suggested there was merit to the Post's report.
However the report had also noted that one of the newspaper's sources believed Stern was probably just seeking to use American Idol as leverage during his new contract negotiations with Sirius XM -- a belief that Stern's subsequent over-the-top half-hour discussion of the show did little to discredit.