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American Idol: Ellen Degeneres Threatens To Quit If Howard Stern Is Hired

March 05, 2010 12:00 PM by Nancy Floyd

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American Idol judge Ellen DeGeneres has made it very clear how she feels about the possibility of Howard Stern being hired as Simon Cowell‘s replacement: She’ll quit! Sources claim that the comedienne will leave the 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 that American Idol judge Ellen DeGeneres has found a new sparring partner: radio DJ, Howard Stern! Rumors have been circulating for weeks that American Idol producers are considering hiring Stern to replace Simon Cowell (who is leaving the show after the current season). Fans have been in an uproar, but no one is more upset than Ellen DeGeneres.

“Ellen has made it crystal clear that if Howard is hired, she’d immediately leave the show,” an American Idol insider says. “She’s told just about anyone who will listen she’s opposed to the idea.” Before you start feeling sorry for the Sirius shock jock, check out what he had to say in return.

“Ellen has said she won’t work with me, but quite frankly, after watching her on the stupid show, I gotta tell ya, I won’t work with Ellen. She’s out if I come in,” Howard Stern says. And apparently, Ellen DeGeneres isn’t the only American Idol judge that Stern wants to get rid of. He’s also gunning for Kara DioGuardi.

“What do you want me to tell you? Listen, I won’t work with Ellen DeGeneres or Kara DioGuardi. If I go to 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 the American Idol judging panel. ”When I come in there, I’m gonna bring a couple of people — my own people with me — and we’re going to take that show to new heights,” he said.

If 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. ”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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