As the Mr. Nasty era of American Idol winds to an end, at least one music legend is out of the race to replace acid-tongued judge Simon Cowell on the FOX TV talent series.

According to Access Hollywood, music legend Elton John — who appeared as a guest judge on Season 3 of Idol — has turned down a $33 million offer to take up residence at the judge’s table. Sources aren’t sure whether the massive payday would have been for one season or part of a multi-year contract — but Elton’s decision to say “Thanks, But No Thanks” has Idol producers scrambling to find a suitable replacement for Cowell.

We hear that Simon’s successor will not be revealed until after the May 26 Idol finale.

Stars reportedly still in the running for the Idol gig include Jamie Foxx, Tommy Mottola, and Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins.

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