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Jessica Simpson is rumored to be a potential judge on "American Idol" in the coming season.
By The Scoop
updated 3/5/2014 6:20:34 PM ET 2014-03-05T23:20:34

Auditions for the next season of “American Idol” began this week in New Orleans as the short list of possible judges to fill Simon Cowell’s empty seat kept growing. The latest name being considered: Jessica Simpson.

“Jessica has been approached about ‘American Idol’ but nothing has been confirmed yet on either end,” a source close to Simpson told TODAYshow.com.

If Simpson does get the “Idol” green light, don’t expect her to be the permanent replacement for Cowell. “She’s not his replacement — they’re two entirely different personalities,” according to a source who’s quoted in the new issue of Life & Style magazine. “This is part of a massive overhaul of the show. There may be more judges, more opinions.”

Chris Isaak , Harry Connick Jr. and Justin Timberlake are also said to be in talks with the show. Reps for “American Idol” wouldn’t comment about any new potential judges, but they did confirm there’s no new judge in place.

“The only person who’s been to auditions in New Orleans is Ryan Seacrest,” a rep for the show told TODAYshow.com. “That’s normal, though — this is just the round where the group gets culled, then there’s a producer round and then in late August the judges see potential ‘Idols.’ Hopefully there will be a new judge in place by then.”

Sandra Bullock remains close to Jesse’s girl
Even though Sandra Bullock is divorced from Jesse James, the Oscar-winning actress has been making an attempt to stay in his daughter Sunny’s life. (James also has two other children, Jesse James Jr. and Chandler James.)

As soon as Sunny moves to Austin, Texas, with her father, Bullock has planned a family vacation with the 6-year-old, a friend close to the star told In Touch Weekly. “She considers Sunny her own daughter,” the source said.

Sunny will be staying with her biological mother, Janine Lindemulder, for the rest of the summer. The source said that Bullock “understands it’s important that Sunny reconnect with her mom,” but is sad about the monthlong separation. Still, she’s keeping in touch with Sunny by Skyping and sending presents during the time they are not together, according to the magazine.

Team Zoe is falling apart
Rachel Zoe’s longtime assistant, Taylor Jacobson, is reportedly fired on the third season premiere of “The Rachel Zoe Project.”

In an interview with TV Guide, Jacobson had more than a few thinly veiled nasty comments to say about the celebrity stylist, adding that she doesn’t “know anyone who hasn’t been supposedly fired by Rachel.”

Taking the high road, Zoe glazed over the controversy during a conference call with TODAYshow.com on Monday.

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“There is a difference between supposedly being fired and being fired,” Zoe said. “It’s not the first time that I have been disappointed, and it’s not the first time someone has been fired from my team. It has happened twice before, which is not very much. I’ve been doing this for 15 years.”

What Zoe is focusing on instead is the positive moments in the new season, which premieres Aug. 3. She said one of her favorite moments was working with Naomi Campbell for the supermodel’s fashion show, “Fashion for Relief Haiti.” The stylist said she had to put together more than 90 looks in just four days.

“It’s the most gratifying thing I’ve done in my career,” Zoe said. “It was a tremendous undertaking in my career.”

Courtney Hazlett delivers the Scoop Monday through Friday on today.msnbc.com. Follow Scoop on Twitter @courtneyatmsnbc.

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  1. Family affair

    Ace Knute Johnson, Eric Johnson,Jessica Simpson wearing Jessica Simpson Collection and Maxwell Drew Johnson attend Jessica Simpson Collection Fashion Show at Nordstrom on September 20, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Fabulous fashion line

    Ashlee Simpson and Jessica Simpson attend a Jessica Simpson Collection event at Dillard's on November 23, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Jamie Mccarthy / Getty Images ) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. And baby makes three

    Former professional football player Eric Johnson, left, and Jessica Simpson attend the 25th Annual Footwear News Achievement Awards at the Museum of Modern Art on Nov. 29, 2011 in New York. Simpson and fiance Johnson welcomed to a baby girl, Maxwell Drew Johnson, on May 1, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Mike Coppola / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Baring all

    A pregnant Jessica Simpson is pictured on the cover of the April 2012 issue of Elle magazine. (Hearst Magazines via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Fashion star

    Jessica Simpson heads back to reality TV as a mentor on NBC's new show, "Fashion Star." According to E! Online, Simpson will act as a fashion guru on the show, which will follow 14 aspiring designers angling to get funding for their own lines. (Courtesy of the Jessica Simpson Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Style icon

    Jessica Simpson, recipient of the "Style Icon of the Year" award, poses for photographers at Us Weekly's Annual Hot Hollywood Style Issue event on April 26, 2011, in Los Angeles. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. God bless America

    First Lady Michelle Obama, center, and Dr. Jill Biden, left, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, listen as Jessica Simpson sings "God Bless America" during an event to support military families at Coors Field in Denver on April 13, 2011. (Rick Wilking / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Me and my beau

    Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson backstage at the 2010 Rockefeller Center tree lighting at Rockefeller Center on Nov. 30, 2010 in New York.Simpson began dating the former NFL player in 2010 after he separated from his wife, Keri Johnson. On Nov. 14, 2010, Simpson announced her engagement to Johnson. (Kevin Mazur / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Poise and Gracie

    Jessica Simpson, right, and her mother Tina Simpson arrive at the 35th Annual Gracie Awards Gala at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on May 25, 2010. The award honors programming "for women, by women and about women." She won for her VH-1 series, "The Price of Beauty," and received the 2010 Dove Real Beauty Award. (Jeffrey Mayer / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Singing sisters

    Jessica Simpson, right and her sister Ashlee Simpson-Wentz pose at the LG Fashion Touch party in West Hollywood, Calif., on May 24, 2010. (Mario Anzuoni / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Natural beauty

    Simpson claims was shot "with absolutely no makeup or retouching" for this May 2010 cover image of Marie Claire magazine. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Bringing smiles

    Stylist Ken Paves, left, Simpson, and Meena pose at the Operation Smile Annual Gala at Cipriani, Wall Street in New York on May 6, 2010. Since 2003, Simpson has served as Operation Smile’s International Youth Ambassador. (Jamie Mccarthy / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. The road to beauty

    Simpson films her new reality show "The Price Of Beauty" in Japan on Aug. 12, 2009. The reality series is based on society’s outlook of women’s bodies, Us Weekly reports. "She and a friend set off on a road trip around the world in search of what people find beautiful and why." (WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Dangerous curves?

    Simpson’s concert appearance at a chili cook-off on January 25, 2009 spurred comment and controversy about her new, more womanly look. (Logan Fazio / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Sweet smell of success

    In December 2008, Simpson made perfume her latest venture into the fashion and beauty world when she launched her new fragrance, "Fancy." (Jeffrey Mayer / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Slip of the tongue?

    Taking a break during a "Good Morning America" appearance in September 2008, Simpson showed that she's still young at heart. (Brad Barket / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Just a country gal

    Taking a break from the pop world, Simpson shows her Texas roots as she debuts music from her forthcoming country album “Do You Know” at the 16th Annual Country Thunder USA in July 2008. (Rick Diamond / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Catching some ZZ

    Simpson and Billy Gibbons of the legendary band ZZ Top were just a few of the many performers who took part in the “America: United in Support of Our Troops Concert” at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base in May 2008. (Chris Park / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Trouper and troops

    Simpson posed with U.S. troops in Camp Buehring, Kuwait, in March 2008. She was there with the Pussycat Dolls and other entertainers for "Operation MySpace", a live concert on MySpace. (Frank Micelotta / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Her QB

    Simpson and former heartthrob Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys take in an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks in Dallas in March 2008. (Tony Gutierrez / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Fun in store

    Simpson came to New York in November 2007 for an in-store appearance at Macy’s at their flagship location in Manhattan’s Herald Square. (Rob Loud / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. In the swim

    Simpson, center, and her mom Tina, right, join models on the runway at the Jessica Simpson swimwear fashion show during July 2007 "Mercedes Benz Fashion Week: Miami Swim" at the Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach. (Allison Murphy / FilmMagic) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Night at the museum

    Singer John Mayer leads Simpson as they leave the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala in New York in May 2007. (Evan Agostini / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Growing up

    Simpson said her role in 2006's "Employee of the Month" was an intentional departure for her. She played a discount-store cashier, not a sexpot. Film director Greg Coolidge said he had reservations about casting her, but saw she could handle the role. (Lionsgate) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. You like me ...

    Simpson accepts a People's Choice Award in January 2006 for her performance of the song "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" in the movie "The Dukes of Hazzard." (Robert Galbraith / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Made for walkin'

    Simpson and former husband Nick Lachey arrive for the MTV Movie Awards in this June 2005 photo. By Thanksgiving, the couple had announced their breakup. So began the claims and counterclaims of who did what, and who would receive what, after the marriage was dissolved. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Put up yer Dukes

    Jessica Simpson, wearing her new trademark shorts, live on the "Good Morning America" concert Series in New York's Bryant Park. Movie career? Music career? Who says you can't have both? (William Gratz / Abaca) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Flower boy

    Simpson gets a little gift from Lachey in this promo shot for the couple's quickly forgotten 2004 ABC special, "The Nick & Jessica Variety Hour." (James Sorenson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Working her strut

    Simpson paces the stage during a 2004 performance at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif. What, no Daisy Dukes? (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Just hold on ...

    Simpson hangs on for a wild scooter ride as talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres, right, cheers her on. Lachey speeds off in the background. (Chris Polk / Warner Bros. via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. She fought the law

    Jessica Simpson films a scene from her big-screen debut, "The Dukes of Hazzard." Simpson's workout regime to tone up for her role as Daisy Duke made for weeks of regular gossip fodder. Never before has the word "lunges" been used to such effect. (Lilo/sipa / Sipa Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Don't tell Demi

    In a guest appearance, Simpson joined the long line of women who get to push around Ashton Kutcher's character Kelso on Fox's "That 70s Show." (Fox) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. Can you touch this?

    Simpson performs at the DTE Energy Theater in Clarkston, Mich. Even as she's made a bid for the silver screen, Jessica carefully kept her music career front and center. (Bill Pugliano / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. The lovely couple

    Simpson and Lachey, back in happier times. The two brought their personal lives into viewers' living rooms during three seasons of MTV's "Newlyweds," and Jessica gained a reputation for the occasional verbal misstep. Chicken of the Sea, anyone? (Robert Galbraith / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
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