*The New York Post’s Page Six is reporting that “American Idol” is seriously courting Sean “Diddy” Combs in hopes he will join the judging panel.

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“We hear producers at the Fox show have reached out to the Bad Boy Records founder and rap mogul,” the column reports.

“Idol” has a seat open on its judging panel after Steven Tyler decided to quit.  Mariah Carey was hired to replace Diddy’s ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez.