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Just how positive are celebrities about Ellen DeGeneres joining American Idol?

I was hoping American Idol was in its dying days, but no such luck, since 'everyone's favourite lesbian', Ellen DeGeneres is going to be the new American Idol judge who replaces Paula Abdul this coming season. I'm sure Ellen will help boost the show's ratings, which have been in a steady decline for a few seasons now. I can't help but wonder if this is ultimately a bad thing - is it too much Ellen? When they turn on you, watch out Ellen! Just ask Rosie O'Donnell, the former 'everyone's favourite lesbian'. And just what are celebs thinking about Ellen's new gig? I'm glad you asked, because it just so happens that Movieline.com has put together a handy list of celeb comments; here's the set up followed by an excerpt of the celebrity opinions:


While the nation is divided over whether they approve of Ellen DeGeneres joining American Idol next season, we can find solace in the fact that the celebrities are amazingly unanimous in their support for the talk show host’s foray into [the]competitive singing programming. We’d like to thank Entertainment Tonight and Access Hollywood for doing most of the footwork here by asking every major, minor and mediocre entertainment personality that they crossed paths with in the past 48 hours, what they thought about the American Idol switch up. The stars’ opinions were so praiseful that we decided to rank them:

Incomprehensibly Positive
Randy Jackson: “It’s gonna be hot! […] Sometimes when we judge, we hear ourselves talk and we’re very inside the music.” [MTV.com]

Backhandedly Positive
Rosie O’Donnell: “’[She’ll be] much better than Paula who was often incoherent.” [Access Hollywood]

Limited Character Positive
Ryan Seacrest: “Wow all went down fast. […] yes ellen d will be coming to idol. she and paula are both very good friends of mine. E.D. On radio show 2morrow” [Twitter via Radar]

Not So Positive
George Lopez: “I think it puts Simon [Cowell] in a very interesting position.” [Entertainment Tonight]

Moderately Positive
Debra Messing: “I’m jealous…I should be a judge on American Idol…I love Ellen. I think she is hilarious and I saw her on So You Think You Can Dance, and she was great, so I think it’ll be a great addition.” [Entertainment Tonight]

Sharon Osbourne: “A breath of fresh air.” [Access Hollywood]


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What do you think, readers? Ellen on American Idol... is it a good thing or bad thing? And are you going to watch it this season?

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