Judge Kara DioGuardi was quick to shoot him down, saying, “Right now, that’s a rumor. I don’t think he has musical background or any kind of music anything and I think if you’re going to replace Simon, you have to have that background. You have to be somebody who knows about signing great artists and being a part of their career from the very beginning to the very end which he’s done with people like Leona Lewis, who he spotted early on and nurtured and turned them into big stars.”
Now we hear Conan O’Brien has been approached for the job! Media Life magazine claims Fox execs have put out their feelers already. Irish Central's Amy Andrews Gossip Girl quotes a source as saying, "Idol bosses think he’d be a huge draw now after all that Leno fuss."
O'Brien can't return with his own TV show until September per an exit deal struck with NBC. We highly doubt he’d be the replacement. And it doesn’t sound like Kara wants him around either!