March 05, 2010 12:00 PM by Nancy Floyd
American Idol judgeÂ Ellen DeGeneres has made it very clear how she feels about the possibility of Howard Stern being hired asÂ Simon Cowell‘s replacement: She’ll quit! Sources claim that the comedienne will leave theÂ FOX singing competition if the shock jock is hired. Apparently the feeling is mutual as Stern recently aired his detestation for Degeneres as well…
It seems thatÂ American Idol judgeÂ Ellen DeGeneres has found a new sparring partner: radio DJ, Howard Stern! Rumors have been circulating for weeks thatÂ American Idol producers are considering hiring Stern to replaceÂ Simon Cowell (who is leaving the show after the current season). Fans have been in an uproar, but no one is more upset thanÂ Ellen DeGeneres.
“Ellen has made it crystal clear that if Howard is hired, sheâ€™d immediately leave the show,” anÂ American Idol insider says. “Sheâ€™s told just about anyone who will listen sheâ€™s opposed to the idea.â€ Before you start feeling sorry for the Sirius shock jock, check out what he had to say in return.
â€œEllen has said she wonâ€™t work with me, but quite frankly, after watching her on the stupid show, I gotta tell ya, I wonâ€™t work with Ellen. Sheâ€™s out if I come in,” Howard Stern says. And apparently,Â Ellen DeGeneres isn’t the onlyÂ American Idol judge that Stern wants to get rid of. He’s also gunning forÂ Kara DioGuardi.
“What do you want me to tell you? Listen, I won’t work withÂ Ellen DeGeneres orÂ Kara DioGuardi. If I go toÂ American Idol, they’re out,” Stern said. “They don’t have an opinion. You gotta be with it, you gotta make the show happen.” It seems that Stern would like to bring some of his own staffers to fill DioGuardi and Degeneres’ seats on theÂ American Idol judging panel.Â ”When I come in there, I’m gonna bring a couple of people â€” my own people with me â€” and we’re going to take that show to new heights,” he said.
IfÂ Simon Cowell has any say about it, Stern won’t be chosen as his successor due to his overall lack of music business knowledge or experience.Â ”You’ve just got to know what you’re talking about,” he said. “We have to have people on these shows who actually know what they’re talking about, rather than just guessing. They’ve really got to have experience, so that they can not just criticize, but offer constructive advice as well.”
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