Elton John turns down offer to replace Simon Cowell

Elton John has reportedly turned down an offer to become Simon Cowell's replacement on American Idol. According to Access Hollywood, the Rocket Man passed up $33 million by refusing to take up a seat at the Idol judges table.

Rumors have been swirling about who will take over for Cowell, who is leaving the show at the end of this season. But Idol producers are going to wait to announce the replacement, according to a report from Entertainment Weekly.

American Idol's season finale takes place this week.

Meanwhile, Elton John has been in the news a lot lately. After an Egyptian concert was canceled because of controversial comments John made about Jesus, a ban against the singer was rejected by a Moroccan festival. Meanwhile, John appeared with Sting, Bruce Springsteen and Lady Gaga at a concert in Carnegie Hall to raise money to save the world's endangered rainforests.