American Idol judge Simon Cowell wants to be paid $6 million (GBP3.7 million) to reprise his role in the next series of the hit show.

The notoriously sharp-tongued judge told outrageous chat show host HOWARD STERN that he was sure that TV bosses would find a way to get him back on board.

And when Stern offered the huge figure as a guess of what his salary would be, Cowell was quick to agree, although he did admit he had no idea what amount TV network Fox would be prepared to pay.

He says, "I can honestly say I haven't got a clue to what the figure is. My gut feeling is we're going to do a deal."

27/06/2003 09:15