Is Kim Kardashian becoming an âAmerican Idolâ judge? That was the claim from a website exactly one year ago today. It was untrue then and time has further proven itâs false.
On September 15, 2017, RadarOnline swore up and down that Kardashian secured a job as a judge on the rebooted âAmerican Idol,â because the showâs host, Ryan Seacrest, who produces âKeeping Up With The Kardashian,â made it happen. To back-up its premise, the often discredited site quoted what it called a âsource,â who said that while the producers were looking to hire âpeople within the music business,â such as Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, âRyan thinks the show should hire Kim.â The same seemingly ill-informed or possibly fabricated âsourceâ allegedly said, âPromotion and social media are now just as important to being a successful artist as singing,â and Kardashianâs a master at that. âAdding Kim will be a game-changer,â asserted the supposed tipster.
A full 365 days have passed and itâs clear, as Gossip Cop initially reported, that the website was completely wrong. Contrary to relying on an unidentifiable âsource,â we checked in with ABC as well as Kardashianâs rep, who told us the blogâs story was untrue. At the time, we wrote, âABC is looking for music artists with significant experience in the industry, not a reality star.â And, in fact, âAmerican Idolâ hired Katie Perry, Richie, and Bryan.
Only once in the showâs history did it hire someone from outside the music industry and that was Ellen DeGeneres, who replaced Paula Abdul in 2010. But that experiment wasnât successful from either perspective. Even DeGeneres called it âone of the worst decisions Iâve made.â
As Gossip Cop noted 12 months ago, and far too many times since then, RadarOnline does not have a great track record with its reporting about Kardashian. Shortly before its inaccurate story about Kardashian joining âAmerican Idol,â the same site falsely linked her to another ABC show. It wrongly claimed Kardashian was looking to replace Kelly Ripa on âLive,â also with the help of Seacrest, the morning showâs co-host.
Earlier this year, the blog also incorrectly reported that Kardashian and Kanye West were going broke. By various accounts, the couple has a combined net worth of more than $300 million and they continue making more money. Just last week alone, in addition to releasing a new line of makeup, Kardashian signed a deal with an Israeli eyewear company that will net her millions. Much like the aforementioned articles, the claim about Kardashian joining âAmerican Idolâ was wrong a year ago and it remains off-key.
Lincoln, Ross A. âEllen DeGeneres: Judging ‘American Idol’ Was âOne Of The Worst Decisions I’ve Made.ââ Deadline, 8 Sept. 2015.
Weiss, Shari. âKim Kardashian NOT Joining âAmerican Idolâ As Judge, Despite Report.â Gossip Cop, 15 Sept. 2017.
Weiss, Shari. âKim Kardashian NOT âDesperate To Replaceâ Kelly Ripa On âLive,” Despite Report.â Gossip Cop, 21 Aug. 2017.
Weiss, Shari. âKim Kardashian, Kanye West NOT Going Broke, Despite Claim.â Gossip Cop, 27 Mar. 2018.
Spiro, Amy. âKim Kardashian Signs Deal with Israeli Eyewear Company.â The Jerusalem Post, 12 Sept. 2018.