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Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler claimed he’s received an offer to judge Fox’s “American Idol” during an interview Monday with the syndicated radio show “Kid Kraddick in the Morning.”
As reported by Billboard, Tyler said he was offered the coveted “Idol” seat, but also made it sound like his tour plans might intrude on accepting it.
“This beautiful girl from Fox came up to me and made an offer. I honored her offer… and it’s just a work in progress,” said Tyler. “They mentioned it and I listened, and we’re on tour, so I gotta give it some time.”
When asked how he’d judge contestants on “American Idol,” Tyler said: “I would be honest to the ones that think they have it, and I would be truthful in the sense that if, to those that have it, they don’t have it yet enough. And I would tell them exactly why, as I see it.”
Tyler’s first quote about a “beautiful girl” is pretty strange, however.
The only people at Fox in a position to talk to Tyler about judging “Idol” would be the network’s entertainment chairman Peter Rice, or the network’s president of alternative Mike Darnell, both senior male executives.
Though the idea that Fox has secretly employed some young temptress to go around offering aging rockers Simon Cowell’s job is certainly intriguing, such a comment could end up having the opposite effect and fuel suspicion that Fox and Tyler are merely toying with each other.
This weekend, TMZ captured Tyler on tape saying that once Aerosmith’s current tour wraps, “I’m probably going to be a judge on ‘American Idol.’ I’m doing it. What do you think? I’m doing it.”
While this morning at the TCA press tour, Fox executives reiterated that no deals have been signed to bring on a new “Idol” judge and declined to comment about speculation that Tyler and Jennifer Lopez has been offered a slot.
“The only thing I can tell you is that no one has signed a deal yet on either side of the camera to be on ‘American Idol’ who wasn’t on the show last year,” Rice said. “Much of the information [in the media] is accurate and some of it is wildly inaccurate … I can imagine there are a tremendous amount of follow-up questions, I’m not going to get into a fishbowl blow-by-blow account however much fun that might be for you or your readers.”
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