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Ellen Degeneres. Her announcement, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. thats awesome

    Posted by: kurt | Sep 9, 2009 9:32:41 PM

  2. no way! first

    Posted by: swtsrndr | Sep 9, 2009 9:38:29 PM

  3. Holy crap!

    Posted by: Billy | Sep 9, 2009 9:55:45 PM

  4. This has GOT to be a joke?!?!? the show has now really jumped the shark...

    Posted by: DR | Sep 9, 2009 10:11:31 PM

  5. Hope she does not ACT stupid as she does on her show

    Posted by: fazal | Sep 9, 2009 10:13:15 PM

  6. The show has jumped the shark? WTF? We're talking about "American Idol," for chrissake, not "Masterpiece Theater." "American Idol" CAN'T jump the shark because it has no standard of quality to risk.

    And besides, can't we all agree that as far as brains and wit, Ellen is a quantum improvement over Paula?

    Posted by: Rick | Sep 9, 2009 10:24:01 PM

  7. that's fantastic!

    Posted by: sparks | Sep 9, 2009 10:24:11 PM

  8. thats a dumb choice. love ellen but WTF does she know about music?

    Posted by: Paul | Sep 9, 2009 10:35:09 PM

  9. This is awesome. The show will definitely be more entertaining. Just think a show in prime time with 2 gays… Now Ryan Seacrest has someone to bond with.. LOL!

    Posted by: Davie199 | Sep 9, 2009 10:36:22 PM

  10. I think she shoul have addressed the Paula issue, by saying that she won't *replace* her but that she'll bring her own vibe.

    Posted by: Marc | Sep 9, 2009 10:58:39 PM

  11. I can't believe people are like "What does Ellen know about music?" implying that Paula ACTUALLY knew something about music. She never said anything coherent, let alone constructive!

    Posted by: Billy | Sep 9, 2009 11:00:02 PM

  12. at least Paula had a few cd's even if they were lip-sinch, but Ellen come on she is just a big clown

    Posted by: josepe | Sep 9, 2009 11:38:57 PM

  13. The good news about this is that the dismissal of Paula did not result in the three judges being Simon, Randy and Kara. By maintaining four judges, they keep the process in motion and will be able to dismiss Kara after the upcoming season with little drama.

    Posted by: Akbar | Sep 9, 2009 11:44:38 PM

  14. Amen to Akbar!

    Posted by: Ted | Sep 10, 2009 12:44:49 AM

  15. Ellen is simply amazing and warm and sociable, and having her on a show will lead to greater visibility. And hopefully, less homophobia from the producers in their handling of LGBT contestants.

    This is win-win.

    Posted by: Garland Grey | Sep 10, 2009 1:00:32 AM

  16. It's a great move for the show, and a great move for Ellen. Not that anything could ever get me to stomach watching AI.

    Posted by: adamblast | Sep 10, 2009 1:55:58 AM

  17. ok NOW I'm happy about Paula's deperature.
    This news put a HUGE smile on my face.

    It almost feels like redemption for LGBT community for what happened with the robbery toward Lambert.

    Posted by: Bayley | Sep 10, 2009 2:14:43 AM

  18. STILL would NOT be watching this show ever again, after they treated Paula like trash.

    this show is dead to me.

    Posted by: johnosahon | Sep 10, 2009 2:14:47 AM

  19. wasn't going to watch since Paula was, yeah, think i'm going to watch the new Ellen show on FOX

    Posted by: hank | Sep 10, 2009 2:17:38 AM

  20. I still think they should have picked Cyndi Lauper. Wacky, kooky, colorful. . .like Paula, but with talent.

    Posted by: Jamie in Las Vegas | Sep 10, 2009 2:17:42 AM

  21. PATHETIC AND DESPERATE attempt by fox and idol to secure viewers. LAME!!!

    Posted by: Ann | Sep 10, 2009 2:33:54 AM

  22. "ANN" can you call the mainstream exposure,on the #1 show in America, of a fellow (I take it you're gay, or an ally? but conservative trolls with not much else going on in their lives LOVE visiting our sites too) gay? LAME? Lame? No. Lame is a talented performer/singer like Adam Lambert loosing to a one trick county fair talent show reject pony, all due to his sexual orientation (but Lambert's far better of as we all know). Ellen of the funniest, most innovative, and entertianing people on T.V being more visible on T.V is not lame.

    Actually a monumental moment for LGBT community when you really step back and take it in.

    Paula, you were nutty, you were cute, we miss you, but her fans are making her out to be far more a contributor on Idol than she really was. She once told a perform "I liked your first performance much better than this one"...........the performer hadn't performed before that evening. So please save us the "SHOWS OVER WITHOUT PAULA!" rants. A bit much.

    Posted by: Bayley | Sep 10, 2009 3:54:01 AM

  23. Blech.

    Yep , that's a shark down there.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Sep 10, 2009 5:26:39 AM

  24. Weather she knows anything about music is not even relevant because when she was a guest judge on "So You Think You Can Dance" all she did was hold everything up with inane chatter that seemed to go on forever.

    Posted by: J.Leo | Sep 10, 2009 8:04:14 AM

  25. Ellen is wonderful, but let's not fool ourselves that her presence signifies any additional tolerance toward GLBT issues. She judged So You Think You Can Dance this past season and every time she spoke she cracked about 50 jokes. Even the dancers were like, "so, can I get some real feedback, please?" This is a silly decision, like when ABC added Dennis Miller to the Monday Night Football booth.

    Posted by: Larry | Sep 10, 2009 8:26:11 AM

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