Paula Abdul Stunned over Being Replaced on American Idol by Ellen DeGeneres

September 11, 2009

How did Paula Abdul react to the news that Ellen DeGeneres is replacing her on America Idol? You can find out the latest scoop here.

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Paula Abdul was reportedly shocked to find out that Ellen DeGeneres had permanently taken her spot on the hit show American Idol. Although she has never expressed it publicly the former AI judge believed that maybe an eleventh-hour deal could be struck. But apparently the executives over at Fox had other ideas.

A source revealed to that:

“Paula likes Ellen and she doesn’t want to say a negative word about her and she won’t, but the news surprised and upset her.”

Thursday morning, while on the Ryan Seacrest show, Ellen said that she never hesitated to accept Fox’s offer, as she is a “huge fan of the show.” She also went on to say that she hasn’t missed a single episode since the first season. As for how she plans on dealing with contestants, she said compassionately but honestly.

Randy Jackson is also pleased that long-time friend DeGeneres is joining the show. When he was asked about her lack of musical knowledge he said that between him, Simon Cowell, and Kara DioGuardi there are enough musical experts sitting at the judges panel.

Beginning in January tune in to Fox for the show’s ninth season.

What are your thoughts on Ellen DeGeneres replacing Paula Abdul on American Idol? Tell us in the comment section. You will also find pictures and video below.

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