Elton John Turns Down Simon Cowell's 'Idol' Spot

With Simon Cowell’s exit from “American Idol” fast approaching, the search to fill his spot at the judge’s table is heating up. Access Hollywood has learned that Sir Elton John is one candidate who will not be taking over for sharp-tongued Brit.

Elton, who was a guest judge on Season 3 of the hit FOX reality series, has turned down a whopping $33 million offer to be a judge on “Idol.” It is not known if the massive payday was for one season or for a multi-year contract.

A rep for FOX told Access they had “no comment” about Elton being offered the job and a rep for the singer was unavailable for comment when contacted by Access.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Cowell’s replacement will not be named until after the May 26 finale.

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