Kim Kardashian is not joining "American Idol" as a judge, despite a ridiculous report. A webloid is alleging Ryan Seacrest wants the reality star to come onboard the reboot, but it's total nonsense. Gossip Cop can bust this story.
"'Game-Changer' Kim Kardashian Locks Down 'American Idol' Judge Job," RadarOnline is falsely blaring in a headline. Picking up its allegations from the unreliable blog Naughty Gossip, the site contends Kardashian "may have found a lifeline to bolster her flagging reality career now that 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' is no longer the hit it once was." And she supposedly has Seacrest to thank, as the two outlets assert he's been "gunning for Kardashian to join the show's upcoming ABC reboot."
A so-called "source" is quoted as saying, "While producers have been looking at Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban and other people within the music business, Ryan thinks the show should hire Kim. Promotion and social media are now just as important to being a successful artist as singing, and no one knows that world better than his pal Kim." This supposed snitch also points out, "People might moan at first that she doesn't have experience with music but they did the same thing when Heidi Klum joined the panel at 'America's Got Talent.' At least Kim is from the USA, and she certainly knows how to make great TV.'"
"Ryan is worried that if they just follow the format of the old show, that it will feel dated. Adding Kim will be a game-changer," the alleged tipster further claims. But it seems RadarOnline regurgitated these assertions without bothering to find out if they're accurate. Gossip Cop actually took the time to fact-check, and we learned it's entirely untrue Kardashian may join "Idol." ABC is looking for music artists with significant experience in the industry, not a reality star who released one critically-maligned song six years ago.
Tellingly, the webloid seems to have already forgotten that it recently claimed Kardashian was "desperate to replace" Kelly Ripa on "Live." That allegation isn't mentioned anywhere in this new piece about joining "Idol." Gossip Cop also busted the site back in June when it falsely maintained Seacrest wouldn't return to the show if Simon Cowell did. Of course, at that time, it was already known that the former judge was not taking part in the revival. And even before that, in March, the online publication got it wrong when it purported Kanye West was "in talks" to judge. This much is clear: RadarOnline is a terrible resource for West, Kardashian, Seacrest and "American Idol" fans.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.