Ellen DeGeneres finally made her highly anticipated debut as a judge on American Idol. Ellen, 52, made her debut alongside Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi on the Monday night Hollywood episode.
The TV Host brought her sense of humor into judging the contestants, telling Skiiboski, one of the more memorable contestants from the Idol audtions — “You frighten me,” she told him. “You were like a leopard behind a cage.” Ellen continued, “Sexy and scary — it’s a fine line.”
And so much for the alleged tension that has been reported between Ellen and fellow judge, Simon, as the two seemed to get along rather well last night, even joking with one another at times.
Ellen recently told Entertainment Tonight she is “getting good at delivering bad news” to Idol wannabes. “I’m trying to do it in a tender way,” she says. “I hate hurting people’s feelings, so that, I think, is the hardest part.”
TELL US – THE QUESTION OF THE DAY IS DID YOU ENJOY ELLEN AS A NEW JUDGE? DID SHE DO WELL?
This season of The Bachelorhas been rather dramatic with last night being the most dramatic episode yet. ContestantAli Fedotowsky mulled over the difficult decision of having to pick between her dream guy and her dream job.
The 25-year-old advertising accounts manager — who works for Facebook — decided to quit the show leaving Jake Pavelka “heartbroken.” It seemed Ali wanted some sort of guarantee from Jake that she would be the last woman standing, Jake ofcourse could not give her that assurance, hence she decided to leave.
Jake, 32, will now have to pick between the three remaining contestants: Vienna Girardi, Tenley Molzahn and Gia Allemand. The finale airs Monday, March 1 on ABC.
Fans were shocked to see Ali leave so abruptly, but even more shocked was Jake, who shared his thoughts on his PEOPLE blog today. Excerpts from Jake’s blog below -
“After visiting all the families, I felt really good about where I was in this journey. Then I got back to L.A. and the bottom dropped out. My heart crumbled when she told me her boss demanded her back at work. I didn’t actually think she would leave me. We talked about it for three hours that night while the poor women at the rose ceremony just waited. She actually didn’t have to be back at work for four or five more days but we were leaving the country the next morning, so she had to make a decision. I felt like she wanted me to make the choice for her, but I couldn’t. How could I live with myself if I told her, “No! You are not leaving me now!” and then realize a week or two later that she was not “the one.” I couldn’t make the decision for her. When she told me she was leaving, my heart stopped. I wish I could’ve had Mike Tyson punch me square in the jaw, because it would have felt so much better than what I feeling as I watched AliCat drive away that night.
What could I do? I had to regain my composure and focus on the amazing women I had left; three women that I have fallen in love with.”
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON ALI LEAVING? SHOULD SHE HAVE STAYED?
This is in connection to a restraining order case Gretchen filed against Jay last year. She obtained a temporary restraining order against Jay but it was then dropped by a judge when Gretchen refused to show up to court for a follow up. Jay had asked for attorneys fees and costs.
Jay also filed a lawsuit against Gretchen for slander and libel and several other counts last week, just days before Bravo filmed the reunion show.
According to Jay, Gretchen has damaged his reputation by calling him a liar, thief ,and drunk. Jay claims he and Gretchen were a couple when she joined the Real Housewives of OC but for the show’s dramatic purposes she was linked to another man.
Gretchen also recently revealed on the show that though her deceased fiance, Jeff Beitzel, left her over $2 million in his will, she did not receive a penny because his estate was in debt of over $3 million.
Could the King of Radio be making his way to American Idol? It seems so as Howard Stern confirmed on his Sirius Satellite radio show Monday afternoon that he is indeed being considered as a possible replacement for Simon Cowell when American Idol’s tenth season begins in 2011.
“There’s not a better job on the planet than judging that f—ing karaoke contest,” Stern said. “It might be possible, we’ll see,” he said, adding: “They’d have to pay me a ton of dough because I already make a ton of dough.”
This seems even more possible as Howard’s five-year, $500 million contract with Sirius expires at the end of this year. So how much does Howard need to replace Cowell? “A $100 million to judge a karaoke contest? Yeah, I would do that show for $100 million,” said Stern referring to a Fox news report that Idol would need to match his current salary.
$100 million a year salary however seems highly unlikely as even Cowell was not earning close to that.
Stern also reveals he would no longer do radio if he got the AI job, “If I do say do myself, I can’t imagine anyone else but me replacing (Cowell),” Stern said. “I mean, I don’t know. How else are they going to make that show work? Who knows how to broadcast and who knows how to be interesting? And who’s not afraid to speak their mind?”
TELL US – WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE STERN REPLACE SIMON?
Well well well, it seems there is good reason Jon Gosselin is wanting to settle his current lawsuit with TLC. As we reported this weekend, Jon is now willing to allow TLC to film his kids again as long as they drop their current suit against him.
TMZ is reporting the Jon & Kate Plus 8 dad wants to settle because he is simply too broke to fight TLC over the breach of contract lawsuit the network filed against him.
According to sources, Jon is not doing well financially, especially after TLC won an injunction last December prohibiting him from violating the non-compete clause in his contract, meaning he can’t make money by doing things he normally does – such as selling photos to magazines, being paid to appear on other shows, etc.
RadarOnline is also reporting that Jon has actually been talking to TLC about a settlement for the past 2 weeks. Apparently the only way TLC will agree to settle and drop the lawsuit against him is if he agrees to abide by the terms of his contract, no questions asked. TLC is reportedly wary of agreeing to this as they do not trust Jon.
In other news, Jon’s ex wife, Kate Gosselin hit up New York city this weekend and showed off her new shorter cut (she visited a hair salon earlier in the day). According to RadarOnline, she had dinner with a mystery man. Kate will be back in NYC March 11, as she is scheduled to guest host The View again that day.
Most recently eliminated Bachelorcontestant Corrie Adamson had some strong words during her recent exit interview from the show.
Corrie, who said she wasn’t surprised at her elimination, reveals she doesn’t believe any of the remaining four women would be a great fit for Jake Pavelka. “I just, either way, didn’t see him with anyone, long-term, in all honesty,” Corrie told reporters.
However Corrie believes out of the four women remaining, Jake has a stronger connection with two of them. “But I think that him and Vienna and Ali all had a really strong connection and I think Tenley is a really great girl and he’d be lucky to have her. And I loved Gia to death, she was one of my good friends while I was there — but I don’t see her and Jake together at all.”
When asked about her thoughts on Jake’s rumored pick – Vienna, Corrie said, “They had a strong connection and I won’t be surprised to see that. [But] I will be surprised if they last.”
And on the Vienna topic, she has been taking a lot of heat in the press lately for a few reasons. One — she is Jake’s rumored final pick, and two — she seems to have a lot of skeletons in her closet. The 23 year old former Hooters waitress and Orlando native, has an ex husband and ex fiance all at the age of 23.
Her ex husband,Josh Riley, and former mother-in-law recently came out in the press accusing her of cheating on her ex-husband with his friend while he was deployed in Iraq. Her ex mother-in-law even accused her of draining her ex-husband’s bank account to pay for her breast implants.
Her friends are now coming to her defense (the women on the show aren’t allowed to do press until they are eliminated or done with the show). A close family friend spoke to RadarOnline denying all claims that Vienna cheated on her ex, and that she stole money from him.
According to this friend, “Vienna was a straight A student at school and got an academic scholarship to go to college.” Apparently, Vienna’s family was devasted when she decided to leave college and marry Josh. She would later complete her college degree after her divorce. Vienna’s father helped the couple financially, said the close family friend and Josh was the one who called her from Iraq to call off the marriage.
The account she took money from was a joint account for the couple and Vienna left $5,800 in the account for Josh according to the friend. The friend goes on to say Vienna is a “good” and a “really sweet person.”
According to our recent poll, most readers believe Tenley is the best match for Jake, with Vienna being the worst match.
“I just, either way, didn’t see him with anyone, long-term, in all honesty,” Adamson, whom Pavelka rejected during Monday night’s broadcast, told reporters during a Thursday conference call.
“But I think that him and [Vienna Girardi] and [Ali Fedotowsky] all had a really strong connection and I think [Tenley Molzahn] is a really great girl and he’d be lucky to have her. And I loved [Gia Allemand] to death, she was one of my good friends while I was there — but I don’t see he and Jake together at all.”
Things continue to get messy for Tamra Barney and soon to be ex husband Simon Barney. According to Simon, Tamra has now began dating a close friend of his, in what he calls the “ultimate betrayal.”
RadarOnline is reporting that the Real Housewives of Orange County star has began dating Eddie Judge (pictured above with her), and according to Simon, he had to find out about this by seeing them together. Simon tells Radar this was so difficult for him that he actually dropped to his knees.
It all started when Simon visited the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas on Saturday night. According to Simon, he thought Tamra was back in Los Angles, and was shocked to see her at the club with his friend around midnight.
“I walked in and I saw Tamra with a friend of mine, Eddie Judge,” Simon told RadarOnline. “I saw them holding hands and acting like a couple.” Simon continues, “As soon as Tamra saw me she let go of his hand and walked away.
“I went up to Eddie and asked him if he’s (bleeping) my wife. He didn’t say a word. I couldn’t believe what I had just witnessed — the ultimate betrayal by a pal and my estranged wife. I started to feel weak and feel to my knees. The doorman helped me and by the time I had regained my composure they both left to the other side of the club. I left soon after.”
But that’s not all! Tamra confirms to RadarOnline that she is indeed dating Eddie, saying – “I started dating Eddie Judge last week. We started hanging out together more after my separation and one thing led to another. We had been friends for over a year.”
Tamra continues, “We are romantically involved, he is a great guy. It was bound to happen that we both we would dating again after he filed for divorce, it was going to happen sooner or later.”
There’s even more as Simon took to his facebook page and posted the following along with the below picture of he, Tamra and their friend Eddie.
“Eddie was a family friend.He has been at my dinner table with my kids breaking bread.Went to my daughters 4th B-day dinner.He has given me presents for christmas. Hugs me everytime he sees me.My family and me are devistated that he would stoop so low.There are plenty of women he could have gone after.MY WIFE.WOW!That is the lowest anyone could be in the world.Who needs enemies when you have friends like Eddie Judge.”
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS LATEST TIDBIT? DATING YOUR HUSBAND’S FRIEND 4 WEEKS AFTER HE FILED FOR DIVORCE, YAH OR NAY?