Paula Abdul and “American Idol” Insiders React to Ellen News

September 11th, 2009 by Daniel Kreps Leave a reply »

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Ex-American Idol judge Paula Abdul wished the show’s newest addition, fourth judge Ellen DeGeneres, success, saying in a statement, “American Idol is a fantastic show that offers an invaluable platform to young talent. Ellen DeGeneres is wildly funny and talented in her own right. I wish her and the show only the best of luck.” Abdul reiterated her support of Ellen on her Twitter, writing, “I think Ellen will b a gr8 judge on Idol. She is wildly funny, talented and I wish her the best of luck!”

Despite the kind words, a source tells Radar Online that Abdul was “very upset” and “stung” that she was permanently replaced on Idol, as she reportedly hoped that a last-minute deal would bring her back to the show she’s been a part of since episode one.

Meanwhile, Ellen DeGeneres appeared on the radio show of her new co-star Ryan Seacrest yesterday and discussed the inevitable criticism that she lacks music industry experience. “I’m just a fan like everyone else,” DeGeneres told Seacrest. “The people choose. Ultimately, it comes down to them, not some executive in the music industry. I hope to be that voice.”

Randy Jackson agreed with the “interesting, different perspective” Ellen brings to the judges table, telling Fox & Friends yesterday, “[Ellen] can be the voice of the people among us. I think between me, Simon [Cowell] and Kara [DioGuardi], there’s enough musical experts to go around right there.”

DeGeneres said she was “surprised” when the producers approached her, the Los Angeles Times reports. “I didn’t think for a s...

Article Source: Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily


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