Kanye May Be a New “Idol” Judge

US rapper Kanye West acknowledges the pu

In somewhat surprising news, Kanye West is reportedly the latest star to be in talks with producers of American Idol to serve as a judge on the forthcoming season of the musical TV talent show.

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Sources close to the production tell TMZ, "Idol" honchos reached out to Kanye recently about filling one of the open judging spots … and Kanye expressed interest.

But that doesn’t mean he’s on board — we’re told Yeezy is still unsure about accepting the gig.  The way it was put to us … "He’s on the fence," because he’s not sure if "A.I." is in his wheelhouse.

And there’s another big hang up — cash.  Informed sources tell TMZ … "Idol" would "at least match Mariah’s salary" — a cool $18 mil a year.

It looks like Nicki Minaj is either close to signing a deal or has signed one to become a judge, but we’re told producers may well add a 4th judge. As we reported, the frontrunners are Keith UrbanBrad Paisley and Enrique Iglesias, but Kanye would clearly trump them all.

Curse these producers for reaching out to celebrity talent that piques my interest enough to watch shows I don’t really care about. At this point, I’m expecting news of Jesus, L. Ron Hubbard, and the ghost of 2Pac all negotiating potential AI judging deals.

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