NBC: Harry Connick Jr. Turned Us Down

“These things happen. Timing is nearly always the [problem].”

Harry Connick Jr.

Was Harry Connick Jr. first in line for Howard Stern’s job?

Paul Telegdy — the head of NBC’s alternative and late night programming department — let it slip in an interview today that he he tried and failed to bring the Louisiana-born singer to his network.

“We always had our eye out for him as a judge on AMERICA’S GOT TALENT,” Telegdy tells TheTVPage.com.  “He turned us down.  We know he is a player.  He is a great musician.”

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It is unclear when the negotiations took place, but it was most likely after the conclusion of season 7, when Sharon Osbourne quit and the show relocated to New York.

Connick joined the judges panel on AMERICAN IDOL this season, replacing R&B divas Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.

“He’s a singer,” Telegdy says.  “Look, these things happen.  Timing is nearly always the [problem].”

Sean Daly

Sean Daly

Editor-In-Chief at TheTVPage.com
Sean Daly is a veteran entertainment journalist.His work has appeared in People, Us Weekly, The Toronto Star and other top publications. He was the west coast TV reporter for The New York Post from 2008 - 2013. Sean is the author of Inside AGT: The Untold Stories of America's Got Talent and Teen Mom Confidential: Secrets and Scandals From MTV's Most Controversial Shows.
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