Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest are not fighting to return for the upcoming "American Idol" revival, despite a bogus report claiming ABC can only afford to hire one of them. Gossip Cop can exclusively debunk this story.

Seacrest is currently in talks to sign a multimillion-dollar deal to return as host of the singing competition show, but according to RadarOnline, he's asking for more money than the network is willing to spend. A supposed "source" tells the site, "ABC doesn't want to get into the same situation they got in last time, when they lost money as ratings declined due to fat salaries." Only, "American Idol" originally aired on Fox, so this supposed explanation is patently untrue.

Still, the webloid's seemingly phony insider goes on to purport that ABC "doesn't need both" Seacrest and Cowell, and the network would rather hire the show's original judge over its original host. "If they can get Simon on the judging panel, then Ryan won't be necessary, and they'll likely cast him aside," says the dubious source.

But the outlet's story is filled with inaccuracies. In addition to the flawed quote mentioned above, the site also fails to realize that Cowell has already passed on the opportunity to join the reboot. In an interview with Extra last month, the former judge revealed, "I was asked to do it, and the answer is no. I have no interest." Nothing has changed in the time since. Gossip Cop checked in with a rep for Cowell, who assures us he still has no desire to be part of the revival.

Of course, this isn't the first time RadarOnline has published a bogus report surrounding the reboot of the reality competition show. Gossip Cop previously busted the webloid for falsely claiming Kelly Ripa is worried Seacrest will quit "Live" to join the new "American Idol." However, he'll be able to juggle both gigs. We also called out the site for wrongly reporting Ripa felt "betrayed" by Seacrest over the revival, which simply isn't the case. The outlet's latest article is equally untrue.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.


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