Jessica Simpson To Replace Ellen Degeneres On 'American Idol'?

Jul 30th, 2010

See ya Ellen Degeneres! Just days after reports circulated about Jessica Simpson potentially being added as a new judge for American Idol, talk show host/comedian/AI judge Degeneres decided to call it quits with the reality show. So is Jess replacing the one year Ellen?

Here's what Ellen had to say:

"A couple months ago, I let FOX and the "American Idol" producers know that this didn't feel like the right fit for me. I told them I wouldn't leave them in a bind and that I would hold off on doing anything until they were able to figure out where they wanted to take the panel next. It was a difficult decision to make, but my work schedule became more than I bargained for. I also realized this season that while I love discovering, supporting and nurturing young talent, it was hard for me to judge people and sometimes hurt their feelings. I loved the experience working on "Idol" and I am very grateful for the year I had. I am a huge fan of the show and will continue to be."

And as for Jess:

Life & Style has exclusively learned that Jessica Simpson is in negotiations to become a judge on American Idol! “She’s met with producer-creator Simon Fuller several times,” an insider confirms to Life & Style. “They like her — she’s a good fit — and she likes it. Now it’s just a question of how to fit her in.”

That’s because the Price of Beauty star isn’t necessarily being tapped to fill Simon Cowell’s shoes. “She’s not his replacement — they’re two entirely different personalities,” says the insider. “This is part of a massive overhaul of the show. There may be more judges, more opinions. She’d be crazy to turn it down. She’ll just say things without thinking, and that’s what they want — that’s great TV!”


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