‘Idol’ Gossip: Elton John Turns Down $33 Mil to Replace Simon

by | May 12, 2010 at 7:30 PM | American Idol, RealityTV, TV News

Sir Elton John (Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Sir Elton John (Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Legendary performer Sir Elton John has reportedly said “No, sir” to a massive payday to fill Simon Cowell‘s ‘American Idol‘ chair next season.

With Cowell’s final turn on ‘Idol’ nearing its end, Elton was offered $33 million to take a seat at the judges’ dais starting next year, a source told Access Hollywood.

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It is unclear if the eight-figure offer was for a singular or multiple seasons. Whatever the case, that is some serious elevator shoe money.

Fox declined to comment on the alleged overture.

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‘Idol’ wraps its current season on May 26. It is not until then that the popular (though by some accounts waning) reality competition will announce a successor for Cowell, who is leaving to develop a U.S. version of the Brit hit X Factor to premiere fall 2011, on Fox.