Kanye West wasn't rejected from becoming a judge on the upcoming "American Idol" reboot, despite a new tabloid report claiming the rapper lost the job over his "diva demands." Gossip Cop can exclusively correct this bogus story.
An article in the latest issue of Life & Style says West expressed interest in joining Katy Perry as a judge on ABC's "American Idol" revival, but he scared off producers during negotiations. A supposed "source" tells the magazine that the rapper's wife Kim Kardashian "used her close relationship with [host] Ryan Seacrest to get Kanye in the door," adding, "She got him a meeting with executives," but it didn't go well.
The outlet's dubious insider continues, "Kanye wouldn't agree to do all the publicity tours required of the show. On top of that, he wanted to choose which contestants he worked with if he was a mentor. Both points met with resistance from the network." The seemingly phony source goes on to say ABC executives reluctantly took the meeting with West, but never intended to give him the gig because he's "the absolute wrong fit" for the show.
But Gossip Cop checked in with multiple sources close to the situation, and we're exclusively assured West was never in talks to join "American Idol." The tabloid's assertion that the rapper was rejected from the show due to so-called "diva demands" is entirely false. We're told West was never in contention to become a judge, nor did he ever request to become part of the reality competition series. This is simply a made-up story. Additionally, Gossip Cop debunked rumors in March about West becoming an "American Idol" judge.
Of course, Life & Style has a habit of publishing bogus reports about the rapper, so this latest piece of fiction comes as no surprise. Gossip Cop recently busted the publication for making up an absurd story about West going to the gym with his personal trainer, but never actually working out inside the facility. We also called out the magazine for wrongly reporting West skipped this year's Met Gala because he was suffering from another nervous breakdown. This latest article is simply more lies.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.