Simon Cowell Angry About Ellen DeGeneres Joining American Idol
An insider tells BettyConfidential that the King of Mean is “livid” over Ellen DeGeneres being named American Idol’s fourth judge, and he’s not the only one who’s unhappy
While fans of American Idol are split over yesterday’s announcement that Ellen DeGeneres is replacing Paula Abdul as American Idol’s fourth judge, one of her fellow judges is “livid” over Ellen’s hiring — and there’s no prizes for guessing that the grumpy judge is Simon Cowell.
“Simon is being Simon,” an insider tells BettyConfidential. “He knows Ellen is going to steal the show. She has a great following and everyone loves her. Besides, she is so funny! No one is going to care what Simon has to say. He can disagree with Ellen, but he can’t criticize her, like he did with Paula. The audience will crucify him if he attacks her. It’s going to be a whole new mood when it comes to conversations between the judges.”
And Ellen isn’t going to pull any punches when it comes to Simon. “I’ll tell him the same thing I tell him when he’s on my show — that he’s mean,” she said on Ryan Seacrest’s KIIS-FM radio show. “You can be constructive, and you can criticize someone in a way that’s helpful and not mean-spirited.”
Die-hard American Idol fans had mixed reactions to the news that Ellen was replacing Paula (with one complaining on the show’s site, “This is a nightmare…worst of all, she won’t flirt with Simon!!!!!”), and even the ladies of The View had differing opinions. Whoopi Goldberg complained, “Does it bother anyone that there’s no music experience there? I’m not sure that this was the right choice for this particular show,” while Sherri Shepherd excitedly claimed that like Paula, “Ellen will be known for being the nice one.”
Speaking of the nice one, Paula Tweeted yesterday that she wished Ellen the best of luck, saying, “I think Ellen will b a gr8 judge on Idol.”