Staff Reacts to Rumors of Howard Joining 'American Idol'

Will the King of All Media replace Simon Cowell?

On Rumors That Howard Might Replace Simon

Gary asked Howard about the rumors that Howard might replace Simon Cowell on 'American Idol,' so Howard began: "If I told you half the shit I get offered, your head would spin."

Howard said a monstrous offer ("I'm already making a ton of dough.") would have to be on the table before he'd even consider the gig: "Going around the country with that facacta karaoke?"

Would Ellen Quit?

Robin wondered if Howard's presence might cause Ellen Degeneres to leave, and Howard laughed that it probably would.

Howard then played a few clips of various news outlets discussing the rumor--and was baffled when some broadcasters questioned his ability to be an 'Idol' judge.

Howard asked what was so hard: "Sit there and judge? I do that anyway."

Eric the Midget Has Doubts

Eric the Midget called in with his own take: "I don't think that's gonna happen...I don't think you're the right fit for the show."

Howard disagreed ("We'll see.") but told Eric he might not be the right fit for the 'American Idol' budget: "I'm high-priced talent."

Howard added that he had big shoes to fill: "That show is nothing without Simon Cowell." Howard also offered to let Eric sit on his lap every once in a while should he end up taking the job.