Howard Stern to Replace Simon Cowell on American Idol? Um, Sure, Why Not?

The race to replace departing American Idol judge Simon Cowell has just taken a bizarre and potentially raunchy new turn.

According to the New York Post, Fox is courting radio kingpin Howard Stern—whose contract with Sirius XM Radio expires next January—to step in for Cowell when he moves on to launch the American version of The X Factor. An insider spills to the paper,

“It’s one of the few shows that could compete with Stern’s $100 million-a-year Sirius contract, and Idol bosses think he’d be even nastier than Simon…They know he would be great TV and would clash with the other judges such as Ellen DeGeneres and the contestants. Idol will do what it takes to sign him.”

Hmm; well, now that bikini-clad contestants have apparently become de rigueur on Idol, maybe it’s not such a stretch after all.

What say you, readers; would Howard Stern make a good replacement for Simon Cowell? Sound off in the comments section!