The latest name being thrown around in conjunction with the AI gig is none other than currently unemployed talk show host Conan O’Brien (who just sold his Manhattan apartment). Another front-runner for Simon’s old job: Jamie Foxx.
Now, would Conan actually want the AI job after so many years heading up a creative team on a late night talk show? On the upside, the show films in Hollywood and Conan wouldn’t have to relocate his family again. Still, I think it’d be a huge misuse of his talents. Still, according to PopCrunch:
“Idol bosses think he’d be a huge draw now after all that Leno fuss….”
That may be true, but I don’t think he’d take the job, no matter they paid him (you think he’s really hurting for money?). Jamie Foxx, on the other hand, has already said that he’d take the job if it was offered to him. Here’s what Jamie told Parade:
“Everybody keeps asking me. Of course I would take over for Mr Cowell. If they officially ask, I’m there. I’m just waiting.
“I just think it’s amazing that on American Idol those guys like Simon and my man, Randy [Jackson], make so much dough from watching people that are talented. That’s amazing to me and I could sit there and listen just like they do.”