According to the New York Post, Howard Stern is in talks to replace Simon Cowell on American Idol. Because Rupert Murdoch owns both the Post and Fox, the story has legs. Stern has repeatedly said on his radio show that he is the only person that could replace Cowell, but he wouldn’t be interested in the job. Is this whole thing one big negotiating ploy with Sirius because his contract is up at the end of the year? Will Stern retire from the industry altogether, as he often says he’d like to do? Time will tell.