American Idol has not made an offer to Howard Stern (MSNBC)

Sources close to “American Idol” continue to dispel rumors that Howard Stern will be joining the show, and some have gone so far as to say no formal offer was ever made to the radio host.

Stern originally told his radio listeners that he was offered a role on an television show, without naming the program, and said that he carefully considered the offer, laid out demands, and ultimately said no.

Is he creating pure fiction for the purposes of having negotiating power when his five-year deal with Sirius satellite radio ends later this year? Possibly, but Stern might have gotten such an offer — just not for “Idol.” The latest rumor is that Stern was actually offered a seat on “America’s Got Talent.”

“He gets an offer from ‘America’s Got Talent,’ talks about it without naming the show on his radio show, and of course everyone assumes it’s ‘Idol,’ ” said another source familiar with Stern’s offers. “There’s no way he’s going to deny it’s ‘Idol’ and ‘Idol’ isn’t going to deny it because it’s good that the show’s being talked about, and Howard is a big fan.”

Stern’s rep did not respond to requests for a response, and representatives for “America’s Got Talent” had no comment.

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