In the 16 years that have passed since we first heard Cee-Lo on Outkast’s “Git Up Git Out,” we have to say that we’re proud of how far the brother has gone with his career.

From his classic work with his group Goodie MOB, and with other members of Atlanta’s Dungeon Family Crew, penning the Pussycat Dolls’ hit single “Don’t Cha,” to turning the music world on its ear with his Gnarls Barkley project, Cee-Lo has been more successful than most people know.

One avenue for success that Cee-Lo turned down was that of American Idol judge.

Speaking with Vibe, Cee-Lo talked about being approached by Idol‘s Randy Jackson about filling one of the two spots left open by former judges Ellen DeGeneres and Simon Cowell.

“I was asked,” Cee-Lo says of joining the American Idol panel. “[Jackson and I] talked about it very, very casually. [He said,] Go for it. It’s open, who could really argue with that? I support you.’”

While Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler were eventually given the nod, Cee-Lo says he doesn’t think the position was right for him

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