Nick Cannon Not Sure ‘Idol’ Can Afford Mariah


Mariah Carey’s own music accompanied her twin’s recent birth, she revealed Friday, May 13, 2011 on “Gayle King Show.” This is a file photograph – Singer Mariah Carey performs at the Neighborhood Ball in downtown Washington on Jan. 20, 2009. The ball was held in honor of Pres. Barack Obama’s inauguration as the 44th President […]

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By Tomika Anderson, Special to CNN

(CNN) — There have been rumblings that Mariah Carey is in consideration to be an “American Idol” judge, but her husband Nick Cannon has hinted that producers would need to write a hefty check if they wanted her to come on the show.

And, Cannon recently told TMZ, he’s not sure if the TV singing competition can pay for that.

“I don’t know if they can afford Mariah Carey. That’s a lot of money,” Cannon said.

He also brought up Jennifer Lopez’s whispered “Idol” salary, saying, “If they gave J. Lo $20 million, they might have to double that!”

Lopez, of course, hasn’t stuck around at the judges’ table. The actress and singer announced last Friday that she was departing the series, one day after her fellow judge Steven Tyler revealed that he’s doing the same.