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American Idol Snags DeGeneres as 4th Judge

(Newser) - Comedian and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres will be the fourth judge on the next season of American Idol, the Wrap reports. The deal, announced by Fox tonight, fills the star spot vacated by Paula Abdul, who quit the show this summer in a salary dispute.

Awww ... Simon Misses Paula on Idol

(Newser) - Tight-lipped Simon Cowell doesn’t want to “get in the middle” of execs and departed American Idol judge Paula Abdul, he tells Extra, but he does say things are “different” without her. “I miss her, of course,” he says. Asked how the new lineup compares to...

Fox May Replace Paula With...Paula

She'll definitely be back, sources say

(Newser) - Paula Abdul’s replacement on American Idol is looking more and more like…Paula Abdul. Fox will show focus groups taped footage of guest judges like Victoria Beckman, Mary J. Blige, and Shania Twain to determine exactly how damaging her absence is, Radar reports. “If Paula consistently scores far...

Posh Reels In $5M Idol Contract
 Posh Reels In $5M Idol Contract 

Posh Reels In $5M Idol Contract

(Newser) - Victoria Beckham has landed a $5 million contract to sit in for Paula Abdul on American Idol, even though inside sources claim she fumbled her audition, reports the Daily Mail. She has host Simon Cowell's support, though program producers are still worried she comes across as too British and is...

Coming Soon: Winehouse, the Musical?
 Coming Soon: 
 Winehouse, the Musical? 
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Coming Soon: Winehouse, the Musical?

Plus, yet more Michael Jackson news

(Newser) - Amy Winehouse’s rise to fame and corresponding fall into drugs, alcoholism, and melodramatic relationships would make interesting theater—or at least her brother thinks so, the Sun reports. “I think one day there could be a musical of Amy's life,” he says. “You just don't ever...

Why Paula Really Left Idol
 Why Paula Really Left Idol 

Why Paula Really Left Idol

She felt mistreated, underpaid; network had 'mixed feelings'

(Newser) - Paula Abdul left American Idol only after “months of calculation,” both her own and Fox’s, writes Edward Wyatt in the New York Times. Abdul felt she was being mistreated on the show. Colleagues, she believed, weren’t doing enough to fight rumors about her “unreliability and...

Sometimes, Celeb Tweets Bring Real News

But not usually.

(Newser) - Surprise! Celebrities do, occasionally, use Twitter to break actual news. Don’t believe it? USA Today lists some examples:
  • Paula Abdul: Bid adieu to American Idol before an official statement was released.
  • Ryan Seacrest: Told the world Ben Silverman was out at NBC before NBC did.

Pish-Posh: Beckham Bombs Idol Stint to Replace Abdul

(Newser) - Ice princess Victoria Beckham did manage to crack a smile when she showed up as a guest judge for American Idol to fill in for Paula Abdul last week, but that's as good as it got, reports Radar. "It didn't go too well," said a source. Posh "...

ABC Eyes Paula for Dancing With Stars

(Newser) - Paula Abdul has bailed on American Idol, but if execs at ABC have their way she may be back to reality TV soon. "We would love to have her on Dancing With the Stars," the network's president tells People. “She’s a huge talent. There’s an...

Idol Will Miss Paula's Crazy Antics
 Idol Will Miss 
 Paula's Crazy Antics 
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Idol Will Miss Paula's Crazy Antics

The true reality show is at the judges' table, after all

(Newser) - Paula Abdul “walked away from a multimillion-dollar salary, a gig that brought her out of obscurity”—but it’s American Idol that will smart the most from her departure, writes Jeanne McManus for the Washington Post. “She generally contributed absolutely nothing to the verdict of the talent...

Paula, Don't Let Door Hit You On Way Out: Idol Staff

Employees toast departure of 'difficult diva'

(Newser) - Ryan Seacrest may be sad to see Paula Abdul go, but he’s in the minority: Longtime American Idol staffers were so overjoyed at her announcement, they threw an impromptu party, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. “Can’t you hear our celebration?” one veteran staffer says. “We broke out...

Seacrest, Idol Alums Sorry to See Abdul Go

Hosts, finalists Tweet their sadness over resignation

(Newser) - Paula Abdul’s surprise announcement that she won’t return to American Idol has disappointed fellow host Ryan Seacrest and several Idol alumni, E! Online reports.
  • "I was shocked," Seacrest said on his radio show this morning. "I'm just bummed because we've worked together for so
...

Abdul on Twitter: I'm Quitting Idol

(Newser) - Paula Abdul says she won't be returning to American Idol next season, reports E! Online. Abdul, who had been in difficult contract talks with Fox ahead of the ninth season, made the announcement "with sadness in my heart" on her Twitter feed tonight. "She's a tremendous talent, and...

Jon Plus Yet Another Kate
 Jon Plus Yet Another Kate 
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Jon Plus Yet Another Kate

Also, more on the David Beckham return

(Newser) - Jon Gosselin is “and Kate” again. No, not that Kate—Kate Major, a Star reporter he was pictured out with Saturday night, the New York Daily News reports. The new Kate "has a tendency to blur the lines between ‘work’ and ‘friendship,’” says a...

'Hurt, Angry' Abdul Likely to Quit Idol: Manager

(Newser) - Paula Abdul is unhappy with her American Idol deal, and her manager wants the world to know it. The famously tongue-tied and tearful judge "is not a happy camper" in contract negotiations, manager David Sonenberg tells the Los Angeles Times. "Very sadly, it does not appear that...

Most Repulsive Reality TV Shows

(Newser) - Reality shows throw anyone who signs a waiver onto TV. Some have higher aspirations, but most rest solidly in "How low can they go?" territory. Annie Barrett of Entertainment Weekly looks at 35 of the most appalling reality TV shows.
  • Jail:  A new low from the guys
...

Now Paula Says She Wasn't Addicted

(Newser) - The Paula Abdul roller-coaster continues. The Idol judge says Ladies' Home Journal got it all wrong: She now insists she was never addicted to painkillers, and she never checked into a rehab facility, E! reports. “It was very stressful for me to hear that and to be quoted saying...

Abdul Reveals Painkiller Addiction

American Idol judge turned to meds after dancing injuries

(Newser) - Paula Abdul tells the Ladies' Home Journal she was addicted to heavy-duty painkillers for 12 years until she kicked the habit last November. Abdul insists, however, that she never shot an American Idol episode while under the influence. The 46-year-old turned to prescription meds—which made her act "weird"...

Cohen's 'Bruno' Pranks Abdul
 Cohen's 'Bruno' Pranks Abdul 

Cohen's 'Bruno' Pranks Abdul

Interview will be in film

(Newser) - Paula Abdul isn’t just acting oblivious on American Idol. Sacha Baron Cohen pranked the infamously airheaded judge for his upcoming film Bruno, and her interview with the character will appear in the movie, the New York Post reports.Paula was totally fooled,” says an insider. "She...

Susan Boyle Makeover Begins
 Susan Boyle Makeover Begins 
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Susan Boyle Makeover Begins

(Newser) - Susan Boyle, Britain’s Got Talent contestant and Internet sensation, has been the subject of one hot debate: Makeover or no makeover? The makeover process has already begun, Deadline reports—Boyle appeared recently in a trendy dress and leather jacket. “It wasn’t until I saw myself on TV...

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