Toby Keith was one of the country stars rumored to be in the running for a spot on the American Idol judges panel next season, and he now confirms those rumors were true. The spot ultimately went to Keith Urban, but Toby didn't take long to pass on the opportunity. It's not that Toby was unhappy with the financial aspect of the deal.
He says, "It's a great big TV show. Lucrative deal. Lot of money, but it's a lot of time."
The American Idol judges panel has been working for a few weeks now, and they won't be done until the next season wraps in May 2013. That was just too much for Toby, who will release his new album, Hope on the Rocks, on October 30.
"I know three weeks in that I'd be going, 'I can't believe I did this. I am so mad at myself. I knew better,'" Toby says. "And so, instead of even thinking about it or letting somebody down, allow them to move on and get who they want."
Idol isn't the first TV show Toby has turned down either.
Toby explains, "I was like, I'm honored, but I've been offered a sitcom over the last 10 years by every major network, and we've talked to 'em on several occasions, and by the time you get to the end of the conversation, and the"We gonna go forward or not, it ends up being too much time."
Toby is awesome! I love that he's not about wasting people's time or doing something just to make money. He does what he wants and that is usually putting his fans first.