Sources say J Lo’s formerly famous derriere will now fill the empty judges seat on American Idol. Ironically, she needs it to revive her career and Ellen Degeneres dumped it to save her career.
After Simon Cowell bowed out of American Idol, celebs started pouring out of the woodwork for an opportunity to crush and create dreams on national television. Ellen Degeneres was added on as a 4th judge during his tenure but has since announced her departure claiming she was unhappy on the show.
Degeneres claimed producers, “couldn’t control” Simon. She and her reps went in to to see Fox Broadcasting’s Entertainment Chairman Peter Rice and Alternative TV President Mike Darnell and asked to be let out of the year left on her contract. “She’s not comfortable. She’s not happy. It’s not been fun,” Fox was told.
Sources claim Degeneres never got comfortable on the show and didn’t feel the fans accepted her lack of experience in the music industry. They described an incident when Simon Cowell showed up an hour and a half late for the taping.
Ellen stewed while she waited for him. She had reason: to accommodate both her talk show hosting duties and her American Idol judging duties, she had moved up her schedule so that she shot the talk show earlier in the day and then jumped in the car to go to Idol. She was on time, and Cowell was not. “Here it was the first day of taping of the Hollywood shows, and Ellen was there waiting for Simon to show up. Ellen’s new to the gig and she’s very organized and she made a commitment to take this on, and now she’s asking herself, ‘What did I get myself into?’ She called Simon Cowell a prima donna. So right from the start, the chemistry isn’t great,” an insider said.
As the season progressed, it wasn’t uncommon for the other judges to sneer at or ignore whatever DeGeneres said, or for Ellen to look forlorn and left out. During the first weeks of the show, the former standup comedienne delivered her adulation or criticism of the contestants off the cuff. But as time went on, sources told us she began practicing in advance what she would say in order to make her remarks more funny or more music-oriented. It was in the middle of this past Idol season that chatter first surfaced that DeGeneres would only stay on the show as a judge for one season because she was so unhappy.
Wait. They dumped some one who knew nothing about music to replace them with someone… who knows nothing about music? They might as well let Foxy Brown deaf a** judge the show.