The producers reportedly reached out to West about the judging gig. Although he expressed interest, West is unsure about signing on, according to TMZ. The report also suggests that Fox would have to fork out at least $18 million to West in order to match Mariah Carey's salary. Fox had no comment on the report.
Last month, Fox announced that Carey would fill one of the vacant seats on the panel left by exiting judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. Nicki Minaj, Nick Jonas and Sean "Diddy" Combs are among a group of celebrities who have also reportedly been in the running for the gig. It remains unclear if longtime Randy Jackson will return this season as a judge or how many judges will be on the panel.
Season 12 kicks off in early 2013. Do you think West would make a good judge?
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