Howard Stern defended his credentials for taking over Simon Cowell’s position on American Idol during his Monday morning Howard Stern Show satellite radio broadcast, and claimed that he created the popular talent competition during a radio segment thirty years ago.
Howard Stern launched the statment in response to an onslaught of reports and opinion pieces that tore apart his potential for taking over Cowell’s seat. Simon Cowell himself told reporters in a press conference Friday that Howard Stern wouldn’t be a good fit for American Idol because he lacked music industry experience and wasn’t “good looking” enough. Cowell then went on to insult Stern further by saying that porky, faux-hawked blogger Perez Hilton would be a better fit.
Simon Cowell says Howard Stern couldn’t replace him on ‘Idol’, Perez Hilton a maybe
Howard Stern responded to Cowell’s insults by reciting the resume that made him the self proclaimed King of All Media:
“I’m an American icon, if you will. I changed radio. In addition to that, I’ve had a film, book,….films, books, live pay-per-view specials. In addition, I’ve had a television career–all in American media and, not only that, thoughtout my career I’ve been responsible for generating interest and branding a bunch of very long standing musical artists, musicians and entertainers in this business, and backing them and nurturing them and making sure they had a shot.”
Then Howard Stern went on to say that he’d been judging American Idol-like contests before most of the show’s contestants were a glimmer in their parents’ eye:
“I’m the creator of American Idol. I told you in 1980 I won a very prestigious radio award called the Drake Chenalt award where they put out…a record album of a bit that I did where I would invite three record company executives in to choose people from my audience who would be worthy of a recording contract and they would audition for them and then these guys would be brutally honest. Now, if I’m not uniquely qualified to be the judge of American Idol, I suggest to you that Simon Cowell is very afraid of me taking over that franchise, because I’m going to tell you something right now….In fact the show is doomed with him leaving. Doomed.”
Despite Howard Stern’s compulsion to prove he’s got the chops for the American Idol position, he says he’s not lobbying for the job. Stern referenced a slew of reports released during his vacation week that claimed that he was campaigning hard to take over Simon’s seat.
“I don’t care if I’m the judge on American Idol,” said Stern. “That’s why I’m willing to get on here and say it’s a s—ty karaoke contest that I watch every week,…and that Ellen’s a c—.”
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