So what does Paula Abdul think about Ellen DeGeneres replacing her as the fourth judge on American Idol? Regardless of what she might say in public, rumor has it Paula Abdul is privately not pleased about having her seat taken by the lesbian daytime TV diva.


Paula Abdul, photo: Fox

According to rumors, most notably from, Paula Abdul is shocked and dismayed over her replacement on American Idol by Ellen DeGeneres. An unidentified source reportedly told the gossip site Abdul is “very upset” by the news. Not, however, because she doesn’t like Ellen DeGeneres or thinks she won’t make a good judge.

No, Paula Abdul is reportedly unhappy because she wasn’t given any advance notice of Ellen’s addition to the show. Speculation continues to fly that Abdul has been trying to negotiate some kind of backdoor deal with Fox to return to American Idol. If true, this pretty much slams the door on that whole idea.

Ellen, meanwhile, told American Idol host Ryan Seacrest that she doesn’t want to be thought of as the “evil [person] taking Paula’s job away” and hopes “Paula is okay with it.”

Update: After a long pause following the annoucement DeGeneres would be joining the show, Paula Abdul finally released an official response to her replacement on Thursday. “American Idol is a fantastic show that offers an invaluable platform to young talent. Ellen DeGeneres is wildly funny and talented in her own right. I wish her and the show only the best of luck,” Abdul said in a press statement.

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