Kanye West is joining the long list of stars reportedly in talks to judge the next season of "American Idol."
TMZ is reporting that sources close to the production say "Idol" execs have reached out to West to join the judging panel for Season 12 and he "expressed interest."
But "he's on the fence," an insider told TMZ because West is not sure if "Idol" is in his wheelhouse. Could money sweeten the pot? Sources told TMZ that "Idol" would at least match new judge Mariah Carey's $18 million salary for West.
West is not the only hip-hop artist who's joined the rumored list of "American Idol" Season 12 judges -- Nicki Minaj's name was thrown into the ring earlier this week, though neither her reps nor the show confirmed the reports.
Two seats were left vacant on the "American Idol" judging panel when Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez announced their back-to-back "Idol" departures in July. Reports also surfaced that Randy Jackson -- the only original "American Idol" judge still standing -- will be moving on to a mentor role on the show.
At the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, "Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said that he'd like to see the judges change every season.
'People Look At Me ... Like I'm Hitler'
Kanye's latest gone-too-far remark? "I walk through the hotel and I walk down the street, and people look at me like I'm (expletive) insane, like I'm Hitler," he said while performing at The Big Chill concert in the UK on August 6. "One day the light will shine through and one day people will understand everything I ever did." We're not positive, but we're pretty sure referencing Adolf Hitler isn't the way to get <em>more</em> people to understand you.
'Yo Taylor, I'm Really Happy For You, And I'mma Let You Finish...''
It was the VMA acceptance speech heard 'round the world -- and it wasn't even by the intended recipient. When Taylor Swift won the 2009 VMA for Best Female Video, it was only a matter of seconds before Kanye West jumped up on stage to declare Beyonce the real winner in his eyes.
'But Beyonce Had One Of The Best Videos Of All Time!'
The defeated look on Swift's face and Beyonce's embarrassed/confused reaction was all caught on live TV during the MTV telecast.
When producers booked Kanye as a celebrity guest for a Hurricane Katrina Relief telethon, they had no idea he would use the opportunity to diss President Bush. But he did, going so far as to say, "George Bush hates black people." In November 2010, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/02/george-bush-kanye-racist_n_777967.html" target="_hplink">Bush revealed in an NBC interview</a> that West's remark was the worst moment of his presidency.
Dissing The President
It's a cringe-worthy moment, for sure, but Mike Myer's on-camera uncomfortableness during West's tirade tops it all.
Kanye vs. Matt Lauer
In November 2010, West sat down with Matt Lauer on "The Today Show" to discuss <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/02/george-bush-kanye-racist_n_777967.html" target="_hplink">Bush's reaction to his remarks during the Hurricane Katrina telethon</a>. While West carefully chose his words, he turned an ordinary interview into a quasi-feud with Lauer when he brought up his VMA outburst. "Yo I really wonder if Matt Lauer thought that s*** was cool to play the "MTV" clip when I was speaking about Bush?" <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/KanyeWest" target="_hplink">West tweeted</a>. West cancelled his "Today Show" performance after the fallout from the interview.
Kanye West was all smiles before the 2007 VMAs and appeared onstage with fellow rapper 50 Cent (above). But after being nominated for five Moon Men and walking away with empty-handed, West was quite vocal about his disappointment, reportedly yelling backstage that he would "<a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1569313/kanye-west-hell-never-return-mtv-report.jhtml" target="_hplink">never return to MTV.</a>"
Caught On Tape
...And that backstage outburst was caught on tape. Yikes.
Not Helping The Cause
While performing at a 2005 Live 8 concert in Philadelphia, Kanye <a href="http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1922188_1922187_1923051,00.html" target="_hplink">reportedly referenced AIDS as a "man-made disease"</a> that was "placed in Africa just like crack was placed in the black community to break up the Black Panthers."
Blame It On The Alcohol
When Kanye lost the Best Video award to Justice at the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards, he decided to voice his opinion on the matter. Instead of taking the news of his loss quietly, West jumped up on stage to spew a profanity-filled tirade about how his video for "Touch The Sky" should have won instead. West later blamed his outburst on booze. "I had a little sippy sippy," <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1544794/kanye-had-sippy-sippy-before-emas.jhtml" target="_hplink">he told MTV UK</a>, adding he planned to continue drinking after the show.
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