'Idol's' Simon Cowell Talks About Ellen, Paula, and Who He Wants to Replace Him

by Kona Gallagher, posted Feb 19th 2010 2:03PM
Simon Cowell'American Idol's' cantankerous judge, Simon Cowell, spoke to reporters last night, and he touched on everything from whether or not there's a feud between him and Ellen, how he feels about Paula's departure, and who he thinks should replace him on 'Idol' next season (Hint: not Howard Stern).

Ever since Ellen DeGeneres joined the show during Hollywood week, there have been rumblings that the pair hasn't exactly been getting along. While Simon denies any sort of feud, if you read between the lines, it's clear that they won't be having slumber parties and painting each other's toenails any time soon. Cowell told reporters, "I wouldn't say that we didn't get on well. I don't know Ellen that well. It was a difficult position for her, because she started work on the Hollywood week, which is a quite difficult show to do."

While he may not have anything personal against Ellen, it's clear that he wishes Paula was still sitting beside him at the judges' table. Despite their their on-air bickering, it's obvious that Cowell is quite fond of Abdul, saying, "Paula is my friend. Amazing, even though we used to argue a lot, she was somebody I just got very close to over the years. We used to hang out before the show. She always made me laugh, I thought she was funny. It was just like not having your friend on the show anymore. I do miss her." It kind of sounds like we may be seeing Paula on 'The X-Factor,' doesn't it?

As this is Cowell's last season on 'American Idol' before he delves into the U.S. version of 'The X-Factor,' talk inevitably turned to his replacement. Cowell firmly believes that the person who replaces him should definitely have music industry experience. So while he shoots down some of the more outlandish names that have been bandied about, including Madonna, he does come up with an unexpected choice: Perez Hilton.

Cowell thinks that he controversial gossip blogger would do a good job, because Hilton "would be funny. He's got a good taste in music; he's a personality. That could work." I couldn't see Perez Hilton actually being offered the job, but he would certainly garner a lot of attention if he did. However, with the attention would also come a great deal of controversy. Is that really what 'Idol' needs right now?

Would Perez Hilton be a good replacement for Simon Cowell?
Yes99 (7.9%)
No726 (57.8%)
If Simon's gone, who cares?432 (34.4%)

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cathy alexander

i think david foster would be the perfect choice. not only is a great record producer, he can be as brutally honest with his critiques as simon. my vote is for david.

February 25 2010 at 2:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Words cannot describe my loathing of Perez Hilton. I think Simon leaving will be the end of the show, but Perez would guarantee it.

February 21 2010 at 8:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

oh god please no perez hilton. hes such an obnoxious, insanely annoying person. i dont think howard stern would be a good replacement either, but he would be entertaining.

i agree with everyone about NPH. but that wont happen since he's already on 2 shows.

February 20 2010 at 2:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't understand why Howard Stern isn't a good candidate to replace Simon and... Perez Hilton is? WTF? Howard is radio DJ for decades. Perez is a... I don't know what that thing is but clearly Howard has much more music experience than Perez (and Simon said before that he would like someone with music experience in his place).
Methinks Simon simply doesn't like Howard Stern. Or fears that Howard on Idol will be more popular than him on The X-Factor.
Anyway, I would like to see NPH on that chair but that'll not happen, sadly.

February 20 2010 at 10:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There will NEVER be a suitable replacement for Simon Cowell. You can bet that ANY replacement of Simon's will have a tremendous impact upon the fans. First Kara came to the show and she has ruffled feathers. Then, Paula Abdul left which almost killed my view of the show except for Simon. Paula's replacement was a SHOCK to many viewers. Now, Simon is leaving? One wonders how many millions of people will stop watching American Idol after all these changes. Too many changes in so little time.

February 19 2010 at 6:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There will NEVER be anyone to replace Simon Cowell on American Idol regardless of who they choose to replace him. His leaving WILL have a HUGE impact on the viewers of American Idol. Ellen DeGeneres was a shock to have on as a permanent replacement for Paula Abdul. As Simon misses her, you can bet American Idol fans do too.

February 19 2010 at 6:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

NPH - that's right - Neil Patrick Harris - that's the only one that might get me to keep watching after Simon leaves.

February 19 2010 at 2:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Gary's comment

Me too. Harris is wonderfully funny and knowledgable. Make it possible, please.

February 19 2010 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yes! Bring on NPH

February 22 2010 at 9:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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