Kanye West Turns Down 'Idol' Judging Gig

kanye west turns down idol

After careful consideration, Kanye West has decided not to accept a seat on the judging panel when 'American Idol' kicks off season 13.

According to an Us Weekly exclusive, "He didn't want to go that mainstream... or risk losing any street cred, so he turned it down."

With West now out of the picture, the top candidate to become judge #3 is record producer and remixer Dr. Luke Gottwald, who writes and masters tracks for the likes of Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Flo Rida and Ke$ha.

If all goes well, he'll join Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez on the Fox network beginning Jan 15, 2014.

Kanye will appear Friday on the final day of the 'Kris Jenner' show.  Their interview, his first in three years, was recorded on Monday.  West talked about Kim Kardashian, their baby daughter North, the pressures of fame and his hate affair with the media.

West's last interview was with Matt Lauer in 2010.  The entertainer lost his cool after the TODAY host brought up his claim that "George Bush doesn't care about black people," and showed a clip of the rapper interrupting Taylor Swift during her 2009 VMA acceptance speech.

We're guessing that Kris Jenner handled her prospective son-in-law with kid gloves.  Expect a great deal of hype before the end of the week because the first photos of baby North West will also be revealed.  We wouldn't be surprised to see Kim Kardashian appear as well.

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