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[re 'American Idol's once huge audience] I don't think that's possible in television anymore...How many times have you heard that 'SNL.' is dead?" Then a new crop comes in and it's a big success again. There's something about these brands; the audience wants to like them.
He once considered producing a special entitled 'The World's Most Embarrassing Throw-up Moments'. Other ideas of his that have been rejected by Fox executives include crashing an airplane in the desert, a one-hour special about prison rioting, and in 1997, 'Space Jump', which involved flying a man in a weather balloon to a high altitude, so he could parachute and free-fall for 17 minutes.