Kelly Clarkson Chooses "The Voice" Over "American Idol"

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May 12, 2017

Kelly Clarkson and Simon Cowell Will Not Judge "American Idol" 

There were rumors that KELLY CLARKSON was the "first choice" to be a judge on the new "American Idol”, but that isn't happening.

Yesterday, Kelly announced she's going to be a coach on "The Voice".  She'll be on Season 14 next spring, with Adam Levine and Blake Shelton

Meanwhile, SIMON COWELL has taken himself out of the running as well.  Last night, he said, quote, "I was asked to do it, and the answer is 'no.'  I have no interest.  My memories are when we first started. It was a different time with Randy [Jackson], Ryan [Seacrest], and Paula [Abdul].  You can't recreate that."

For what it's worth, there's a lot of talk that ABC is keeping "Idol" on a tight budget this time around, so it's possible that Kelly and Simon just didn't like the money that was being offered.


Steve Harvey Doesn't Regret Telling Staff Not to Bother Him in His Dressing Room 

STEVE HARVEY makes no apologies for that letter telling his staff to leave him alone. 

He says, quote, "I've always had a policy where, you know, you can come and talk to me . . . but some of them just started taking advantage of it."

"If you come out your house, you don't want anybody on your porch waiting on you.  You walk to your car, you don't want people bothering you on your way to your car.  Everybody wants the freedom to be able to move around."

Steve said he thinks the letter was leaked by a disgruntled employee who's upset that the show is moving from Chicago to L.A.  And the "New York Post" says he skipped the wrap party for the show, so he wouldn't have to deal with anyone.

Brad Pitt Sportin’ ‘Da New Ink!

BRAD PITT did what every 50-something-year-old does when they're going through a painful divorce --get a new tattoo!

Brad shows off fresh ink in the new issue of GQ magazine and has added a permanent motorcycle etching on his left bicep.  He and ANGELINA JOLIE called it quits last September and rumors are swirling he dried out in rehab.