American Idol News: Simon Cowell Slams Howard Stern; Recommends Lady Gaga To Takeover His Spot On Idol

Simon Cowell recently addressed the rumors that satellite radio shock jock, Howard Stern will be taking over for him when he leaves American Idol.

“I know Howard’s name has been in there for a while, but I’m fairly certain that there hasn’t been an approach at any time for Howard to do this show. I think, over the years, judges have been replaced by personalities. That, in the long term, will create problems because you have to be able to spot a star. My advice would be find somebody who actually knows what they’re talking about and has actually experienced success in the music business…. (Stern) doesn’t seem to have any of this criteria.”

Cowell also dismissed Madonna and Noel Gallagher as possible replacements but advocated for Lady Gaga and/or Perez Hilton.

He adds, “I think we should have Lady Gaga. She is the most relevant pop artist in the world at the moment… and I’ve met her and she’s very smart. I like her. Perez would be funny. He’s got a good taste in music. He’s a personality. I mean that could work.”

Credit: Jam! Showbiz