Radio star Howard Stern is the newest rumored replacement for "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell.
The news comes from a recent report in the New York Post's Page Six, where a dubious "insider" says Stern is producers' No. 1 replacement choice.
However, Entertainment Weekly on Friday quoted a source close to "Idol" as saying "the search has just begun, nor are there any front-runners at this time."
Stern's exclusive deal with Sirius XM Radio reportedly concludes at the end of the year.
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Will Stern join "Idol"? That's uncertain. His blunt attitude is similar to Cowell's, but chances are he's still too divisive for what's still billed as a family-friendly show.
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