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More on the Ellen DeGeneres hire

We have learned in subsequent time since the announcement that Ellen DeGeneres was at the top of the list of producers to replace Paula Abdul and that they want her so badly, they have given her a (gasp!) five year contract.

USA Today did a lengthy reax piece today. Brian Mansfield, one of the writers, interviewed me but sadly, I didn’t make the cut. (MJ did. Congrats!)

“I expect her to be funny and do what she sees fit,” says Mike Darnell, who oversees Idol as president of alternative entertainment at Fox. “People get cynical about TV shows that never change. It’s important to keep Idol vital. Bringing in Ellen, the only person we pursued, does that.”

Paula tweeted her own reax, which is positive, of course:

I think Ellen will b a gr8 judge on Idol. She is wildly funny, talented and I wish her the best of luck!

TMZ posted a curious segment on “Ellen” with Simon Cowell from early May. I don’t think she knew anything at this point but you can read into her comments if you want:

Anyway, let’s take this from a pro-con standpoint. Let’s look at the potential positives of having Ellen DeGeneres on the judge’s panel

- She is naturally quippy funny. She was a standup comic and can go off the cuff on her talk show. The “Idol” panel has never had someone like that before.

- She can play the “every woman,” the conduit in which you and I view the show since she’s not an expert.

- She’s likable. She truly seems like a happy person, too.

- She seems easy going. She’s a hard worker. She will show up on time and doesn’t seem like a diva.

- She does love the show. She has brought many an “Idol” contestant on her show.

- She is the most famous person ever to be on the panel as a regular.

- She could shake things up in unexpected positive ways.

Cons

- She has no professional connection to music. Even though Paula Abdul was hardly Mariah Carey in the chops departmemt, she did have a successful career and knows the business inside and out.

- Though she’s funny, she’s going to have to expand the joke repertoire beyond what she did on “So You Think You Can Dance” or it can wear fast. She’s supposed to be a judge but can she provide the contestants anything usable in terms of a critique? Even Paula would throw of a smart bit of advice once in awhile despite herself.

- It’s hard to say what the chemistry will between her and Randy, Kara and Simon. I’m especially concerned about Simon. He really did love teasing Paula and their interplay kept him engaged. As Deirdre on this blog noted, he won’t be flirty-flirty with Ellen. A grouchy, disengaged Simon might not bode well for his future on the show.

- Will she know how to keep it tight and bright? Already, most bloggers hear believe we have too many judges anyway taking time away from the contestants. Paula sometimes rambled. Will Ellen, too?

- Many people still don’t like the fact she’s a lesbian. Surely, she doesn’t shove her sexual orientation in people’s faces but if you read the blog comments on some sites (see TMZ), not all have been kind.

- Ellen has said she plans to be the “nice” gal. But if she also wants to be the average Joe (or Jan), she needs to be occasionally Simon-like, too. Aren’t we all from the comfort of our couches?

- Speaking of Ellen, her show is being sued by record labels for playing popular songs without their permission, mostly during her dance bits. This is a curious segment from the story I read:

The suit claims the daytime talk show has used copyrighted music without permission since its inception, including “recordings by virtually every major current artist of popular music.” It claims the show routinely used some of the most popular songs of the day, which the record labels don’t license for daytime television at any price.

Record labels don’t license songs for daytime TV at any price? Really? Why? Don’t they want the money? Bizarre!

- Danny Gokey told the LeHigh Valley Morning Star that he is open to marrying again but isn’t dating. He also credits Paula Abdul and Randy Travis (a mentor last season) for him going country.

Gokey said he was hesitant to become a Christian artist because “I didn’t want to exclude people.” He said he considered pop, but “it wasn’t a good fit.”

–Six of the season seven buds of David Cook showed up at his concert in Los Angeles and they all tweeted about it. Michael Johns, Carly Smithson, Ramiele whats her face, Jason Castro, Brooke White and Jason Castro made the trip.

-Kris Allen was ill last night and didn’t perform at the “Idols Live” concert in Bridgeport, CT. MJ noted that this is the first time the winner has not sung on the tour. (Runner up from season five Kat McPhee missed a few shows in 2006.)

70 comments Add your comment

JTesla

September 11th, 2009
10:59 am

That’s a lot to digest, thanks Rodney. “Ramiele whats her face” LOL. Who?

JTesla

September 11th, 2009
11:15 am

Rodney, I like your list, but I made my own pro vs. con list.

Pros

She’s funny and hopefully will use that funny to jab at Randy and Kara.

She has a great personality, and usually does not come across as being preachy or in your face.

She is a lesbian… stick with me on this one. Personally I don’t care, but it is a pro because in the deep dark recesses of my mind I desperately hope that having her on the panel will finally put a stop to Ryan and Simon making gay jokes at each others expense. That stuff grew stale during season 4.

Hopefully her popularity will equate to a boost in ratings.

She’s not Paula.

She doesn’t scream like that lady on “So you think you can dance”

Have you seen her spouse?

Cons

She will be the fourth judge.

She’s not the every woman. She’s a wealthy and successful Hollywood A lister.

As the fourth judge she will eat into contestant time.

She has no respect for the music industry as displayed by the use of copyrighted music without permission.

We saw last season how bad a four judge setup is. It is killing the show.

She is not someone with a great deal of musical insight or experience like Simon. However, experience in the music industry hasn’t helped Randy, so perhaps this is neither a con or a pro.

Have I mentioned that having four judges is just a bad idea?

Rickster

September 11th, 2009
12:00 pm

JT – I agree with all of your lists, except for the fact that I don’t think she’s all that funny.

But if she can shut Randy up and take him down a peg… I’m all for it.

Rickster

September 11th, 2009
12:30 pm

But unless the powers that be can turn the American Idol ship around… it won’t be afloat in 5 years – (likely not even 3.)

Harriett

September 11th, 2009
1:20 pm

I am still apoplectic that the producers actually saw what she did on SYTYCD and still thought she’d fit the Idol concept.

Rickster

September 11th, 2009
2:07 pm

You just HAVE to question the judgment of anyone that would think Ellen would be a great fit for Idol.

I very well get two nights of my life back once the actual live shows start – unless Nana’s grand daughter “Penny” wins the whole thing.

Woodpappy

September 11th, 2009
3:21 pm

Heck ya’ll let’s just give Ellen a chance before you guys tear her apart. Time will tell…..

Highlander

September 11th, 2009
3:44 pm

Kudos, WP, for a little rational thought! Giving someone the benefit of the doubt? Gee, what a concept!

Harriett

September 11th, 2009
3:48 pm

Nope, Highlander. I prefer our heated arguments against her as the 4th judge. It’s so much more fun than being rational in thought.

Highlander

September 11th, 2009
3:51 pm

We all agree that the 4 judge panel is a terrible idea. But we don’t have much of a say in the matter. I’d like to think the producers can learn from the mistakes of last year and control the comment time better. Only time will tell.

And for those who swear they’ll never watch again after Paula’s leaving and Ellen’s addition, if I cared enough, I’d record their names somewhere so I could bust their azz when they show up again to comment this season.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

September 11th, 2009
4:00 pm

Highlander, WP, the problem is this: Ellen was a guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance. She rambled, stuttered, fluttered, blushed, mumbled, stumbled, and repeated a version of the exact same “joke” about “Nailing It” no less than 5 times (5 contestants), if memory serves me. It was delaying, boring, boorish, and frankly, inappropriate.

These shows are supposed to be about the CONTESTANTS — the “judges” are supposed to be ancillary, there to judge, not to PERFORM (except of course on results shows, when they need all the filler they can get).

So … despite your accusation, I for one am NOT basing my comments on thin air — i have SEEN her perform in the parallel spot on SYTYCD. Additionally, I have watched her, when i could stand it, for years — I don’t find her funny. Not funny ENOUGH to make up for being the “FOURTH JUDGE” — i think you will find that MOST of us here were saying NO FOURTH JUDGE long before Ellen was a factor. All last season, in fact. Four Judges in the format used here in the good ol’ USofA doesn’t work — they’re too gabby, too long winded, too verbose, too … annoying!!! and time runs over so instead of cutting THEIR comments, producers/directors or whoever cuts PERFORMANCE time….

So while this may sound a bit defensive to you, WP, HL, i am NOT basing my comments on blind dislike for Ellen. I am very firmly and consistently basing it upon what I see as a VERY wrong choice made for this show. Give it a chance? sure, i’ll be watching, and IF….mind you that’s bold, italics, capitalized, IF, if am wrong, you will find that I will readily if not humbly admit that i was wrong.

Frankly, I’d LOVE to be pleasantly surprised. But I also do not expect to be, because it’s the 4-judge format that screws the pooch.

’nuff said?

(polishes the soapbox and slides it carefully back into its “garage”

JTesla

September 11th, 2009
4:14 pm

Listen to the voice of reason? Nah I’d rather buzz around like a hornet whose nest was just rattled. It’s a lot more fun ;)

I’ll give Idol another chance, I decided that at the end of last season. I honestly don’t think I will abruptly quit watching, and I KNOW that Idol will not end with this next season. I’ve said it several times over the years and I’ll say it again: Idol will end not with a bang but a whimper (with props to TS Eliot)

Rickster

September 11th, 2009
4:17 pm

I think I’m going to have to seriously reinforce the new soapbox!

Rickster

September 11th, 2009
4:18 pm

But I’m glad the current one is being used!

Maybe I need to make the next one self-polishing!

Rickster

September 11th, 2009
4:36 pm

I hope everyone has a good weekend (and that Nana’s stress test this morning came out okay.)

I’m going to be very busy this weekend with do-it-yourself projects! (Oh joy.)

JB

September 11th, 2009
4:37 pm

Dont’ get me wrong I love Ellen but she has not experience in music (her dancing is crazy) and she would actually get on my nervous if she made a lot of jokes!!! Stick to you talk show that I love!!! Please!

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

September 11th, 2009
4:41 pm

and yeah, i’ll even put up with ellen if “Penny” makes it through to the finals!!!!!

Harriett

September 11th, 2009
4:44 pm

JT, you go on buzzing. It’s so much fun! Hope everyone has a great weekend. I’m gone for now.

By the way, for anyone in the Atlanta area who is old enough to remember Darryl Rhoades and The HaHaVishnu Orchestra from the 1970s, he’s put the show back together and is appearing tomorrow night at The Variety Playhouse. Tickets are still available. He’s one of my crazy show business contacts I still have from my days on the Atlanta scene in the 70s. His brand of humor is not for everyone, but he was really something back in the day. So said Rolling Stone.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

September 11th, 2009
4:47 pm

Nah, Rick — we need to pay SOMETHING for using it — polishing it back up seems appropriate!

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

September 11th, 2009
4:48 pm

OMG Darrell Rhoades????? For Real??????? how FUN!!!

Harriett

September 11th, 2009
4:52 pm

Yes! He and I are long-time buddies. He’s been putting this show together for months now. Bill Tush is going to be on the show, too!!!

Highlander

September 11th, 2009
5:41 pm

Linny, I luv ya, but I don’t remember accusing anyone of anything. (Oh, …except for the whiners who swear they’re never watching Idol again either because of Paula’s departure or Ellen’s addition!) As I DID say, we ALL dislike the 4 judge format!

And re: “Dont’ get me wrong I love Ellen but she has not experience in music (her dancing is crazy) and she would actually get on my nervous if she made a lot of jokes!!! Stick to you talk show that I love!!! Please!” – RB, 4:37pm post.
Sounds like JB has not experience in English grammar. ;-)

SoonerFan

September 11th, 2009
5:56 pm

Long-time lurker, first-time commenter…

I saw Ellen’s “judging” stint on SYTYCD, and I never took it seriously. I thought she was there only for comedic relief (and yes, the quality of her comedy is subject to opinion), so I don’t think that performance is a good yardstick for what she may or may not do on Idol. Notwithstanding that the four-judge idea is a BAD one, I think we have to give Ellen a chance. It’s not a decision or direction I understand, but it just might work. Who knows? She might jolly Simon into a better mood!

Nana

September 11th, 2009
6:59 pm

Rodney’s cons list is basically what I was saying yesterday, so it seems like we’re on the same page. As I stated on the previous thread, I’m not thrilled with the 4th judge, no matter who it is. But, in all honesty, I feel that Ellen was the wrong choice. Since we have no say in the matter, I guess we are stuck with her. Why she was given a 5 year contract though is beyond me. I think the producers should have started with a one year contract and gone from there. So she was the ONLY person they were looking at and they based this on her stint on SYTYCD. The producers must have seen a different night than I did. She tried to be funny in her comments, but failed. All the dancing contestants “Nailed It.” These were her words. No critique she gave was beneficial to the contestants and I see the same on AI.

As it has already been said on here, I guess time will tell.

linny@home

September 11th, 2009
9:17 pm

HL, i didn’t think you were accusing anyone (except the whiners, LOL) but i felt that from the perspective of some *ahem* visitors i needed to clarify my own feelings, that’s all.

Call me a pessimist if you want, but i think this is gonna be a spectacular failure — the only hope is that when randy’s contract comes up next year maybe they’ll realize 4 is too much. yeah. right.

oh well

nite y’all!

south carolina has invaded georgia, athens in particular, and i’m staying HOME all weekend, LOL!!

Deirdre

September 11th, 2009
9:23 pm

SoonerFan…now that you’ve broken the ice…stay. You KNOW how we love newbies joining us!

I just saw Inglorious Basterds. Not at all what I expected but very good!

Harm

September 11th, 2009
10:09 pm

Hey fellow bloggers! Been too busy to blog lately, sick daughter and sick dog. I hope to be back soon! Thank You Highlander for the well wishes, they are greatly appreciated!

Deirdre

September 12th, 2009
7:28 am

Morning!

This is for the guys…trust me guys, you’re gonna want to see this:

http://mjsbigblog.com/kellie-pickler-didnt-you-know-i-loved-you-video.htm

Mercedes S

September 12th, 2009
11:05 am

More for the guys – People magazine has wasted, I mean spent, five pages on a swim-suit clad Kim Kardashian.

For all of those defeatist “we have no say in the (Ellen) matter” – of course we do. For starters, we don’t watch the show in real time, and when we play back the recording we skip the commercials. And we write the Fox and Idol people and tell them we won’t buy the advertised products on Idol as long as our sensible hatred for the four judges format is ignored.

On a sad personal note, I fear my beloved Miss Kitty has fallen prey to the coyotes that hound my neighborhood.

JTesla

September 12th, 2009
11:23 am

Is today Christmas?

The video is great, just keeps getting better and better. I kind of like the song, but it also showcases why I don’t like country. Can we have some happy songs?

Time for me to buy 5 copies of People magazine… and see some mad photo shop skills.

Deirdre

September 12th, 2009
11:30 am

Sorry to hear about Miss Kitty, Mercedes. Do you have a Doc, Matt, Festus and Chester? I’ve seen coyotes twice in our neighborhood. I fear for my neighbor’s little dog. She wanders around inside an invisible fence. Unfortunately the coyotes don’t wear the collars that would give them out.

Mercedes S

September 12th, 2009
11:43 am

My neighborhood association is actually hiring a coyote trapper, since several cats have disappeared and sightings of the beasts occur daily. I’m going down to the Humane Society today to check out their “cat room”, hoping against hope that my sweetie will be there.

JT, until I saw the multi-paged KK love-feast, I didn’t know your beloved’s stepdad is Bruce Jenner.
There’s a small pic of him in People. Is that a wig or does he just dye his hair clown-red?

JTesla

September 12th, 2009
11:55 am

Sorry to hear about Miss Kitty.

I don’t know if he wears a wig, or just has real bad taste in hair.

Elaine

September 12th, 2009
5:23 pm

Did not get to pop in yesterday, my internet service provider had a major outage in my neighborhood. Arrgh, no computer!!!
Yes, Deirdre–all the “regulars” live up to my expectations.
Also, Linny– I agree with your post of 9:32am of Sept. 11th about what kind of role model or *judge* Ellen will be, especially since royalties are not being paid to the artists (musicians) for their music. Correct me if I am wrong, but didn’t Adam Lambert have to get permission to perform some of the music choices he did on this past season of American Idol. What kind of message are we sending to young people—just go ahead and rob people?
Mercedes S., I hope you find your Miss Kitty safe and sound.

IdolNoMore

September 13th, 2009
9:20 am

Ellen + Idol = yet another reason to not watch the show any more. She’s tiresome.

Sad, because we used to love Idol, but we’ve joined the list of Used-To-Be-Viewers

Government for the People

September 13th, 2009
9:55 am

I will never watch it again. Ellen is a idiot, not a idol. They have and will lose a lot of real viewers over this. They didnt need a 4th judge and Kera is not liked real well either. They blew it when they lost Paula and the ratings will show this year. But Ellen….No they have lost a lot of viewers because of who she is. Not anymore.

sid

September 13th, 2009
10:21 am

/I hope she doesn’t try to boost her own career by telling jokes and acting out during the show.

sanbox bully

September 13th, 2009
10:48 am

Do they really not give you enough time and or money to go to the trouble of not using textspeak in a freaking newspaper article? Reax? Give me a break, and give your writing credentials back.

JTesla

September 13th, 2009
11:04 am

LOL someone named “sanbox” is criticizing the use of the word “Reax”

bloe me

September 13th, 2009
11:43 am

All I’m saying is…. I’d love to see the bikini girl come back again now with Ellen as a judge..

tom

September 13th, 2009
11:54 am

This is so tiresome. Do we have to have a gay or bi on the panel? She has no music experience, (except for her copyright infringing dances on her show), she isn’t that funny, and last time I checked, this isn’t a comedy show. I will miss Paula’s trainwreck waiting to happen.. I’ll give Ellen a chance, bc I like watching the talent or lack thereof.

hotmonkey

September 13th, 2009
12:18 pm

Ellen sucks. 4 Judges sucks. Idol has been on it’s way to sucktown for a few years now. The only reason I still may watch it is because my wife makes me spend time with her and whe won’t be talking…. : )

hotmonkey

September 13th, 2009
12:19 pm

Oooh yeah, and I miss Paula allready. I was in love with her in Jr. High : )

Highlander

September 13th, 2009
12:49 pm

hotmonkey, have you ever thought that maybe your wife makes you watch Idol so YOU won’t be talking?!

Courtney

September 13th, 2009
12:51 pm

So now you have 4 judges with NO EXPERIENCE in the industry. (Yes I know that Randy once played back up saxaphone in at a Journey concert once)

Deirdre

September 13th, 2009
1:24 pm

Courtney, Kara actually has quite a bit of experience in the industry. You can’t tell from her critiques but, honest, she DOES!

hotmonkey is right about one thing…4 judges sucks!

Chuckie D

September 13th, 2009
1:33 pm

AI has “Jumped the Shark”—

Watch the ratings drop.

Cynthia

September 13th, 2009
1:46 pm

Ellen would not be my pick for anything and, yes, it does have much to do with her being a lesbian.

Deirdre

September 13th, 2009
2:04 pm

mj is reporting that there are hints that at least one of the really stupid things Idol did last year will not return this year:

Recent remarks made by Mike Darnell and Ellen Degeneres, hint strongly that the producers of American Idol will bring back the Top 24 format for Season 9 of American Idol.

When Ken Warwick took over executive producer duties after the exit of Nigel Lythgoe at the end of Season 8, he made some boneheaded decisions–the worst was the return of the clunky Top 36 format, a terrible format that robbed viewers of the opportunity to get to know the contestants.

Well, the eagle-eyes at Vote For The Worst noticed one tiny line at the end of this Variety article about the hiring of Ellen DeGeneres. Addressing the issue of when Ellen would join the judges panel, Reality cheif, Mike Darnell says, “She will absolutely at a minimum be there for the boy-girl rounds”

There’s even more evidence the Top 24 will make a return. During a radio interview with Ryan Seacrest on Thursday, newly-hired 4th judge, Ellen Degeneres, appears to slip the news. Joking about their friendship, Ryan says they’ve been hanging out, but now he’ll be seeing her every Tuesday and Wednesday. Ellen corrects him, “We’ll be hanging out for 3 days, for the first three weeks, there’s a boys night, girls night and a results night…” Ryan mumbles, “You know better than me,” and lets it drop.

Eep! I hope hope hope this is true! When Nigel introduced the new Top 24 format back in Season 4, it instantly transformed the show for the better. Whittling down the pack, rather than voting people in, meant we saw contestants perform several times over the course of the semis. Plus, bringing back the boy-girl format means there will be gender-equality once again in the Top 12–not a bad thing.

ron

September 13th, 2009
2:14 pm

she can’t keep the ratings from plummenting,men love the sexuality paula abdul brought to the show.what do you have in ellen, one who seeks the same thing men want. she’s a poor replacement,you need the sexuality to sell and with all of the starlets/entertainers in hollywood/los angeles this is the best the producers could do.ellen just won’t sell,period.

JTesla

September 13th, 2009
3:27 pm

Paula brought sexuality to the show? I guess if crazy is your thing Paula is pretty hot.

Thanks Deirdre for the hits as to next years format. At least there is something to look forward to.

Highlander

September 13th, 2009
3:42 pm

Courtney, Randy played bass guitar for Journey on an entire tour, not just one time. You may have confused him with Clarence Clemmons who plays sax for Bruce Springsteen.

Deirdre, I’m sorry I don’t follow the p.c. line of thinking. The top 12 should be the BEST 12 singers regardless of gender. If that means 10 female contestants one season or none (though I doubt that would ever happen), so be it! No talented singer should lose a spot on the show (just for being the wrong gender) to someone less talented.

Ron (”ellen just won’t sell,period”), have you seen the ratings and popularity of her talk show?
I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy into this myth that Paula (or any of the judges besides Simon) brought more viewers to the show.

We know the producers have somewhat lost sight of what the show is all about (the contestants) with the 4 judge format but unless you are a Nielsen ratings voter, recording the show to watch later won’t have ANY affect on the show’s ratings!

Deirdre

September 13th, 2009
3:48 pm

Highlander…don’t care about the gender issue one way or the other. Most important to me is the chance to see the singers more than once before they enter the finals.

Deirdre

September 13th, 2009
4:06 pm

Recording the show to watch later means fewer votes. The ratings might not notice the difference much but the vote count will.

Nana

September 14th, 2009
6:38 am

Good Morning Everybody!!

Today’s Quote: “We will never know the difference that can be made in our life and the lives of strangers unless we choose to be open to all possibilites.”

I chose this quote purposefully for a reason. After reading all the comments concerning the new judge on AI, and after careful consideration on my part, I have decided to not be bothered about EDeG being that judge. While I don’t agree with the decision, I have come to accept it and under NO circumstances will I let that interfer with my watching Idol. I feel like the producers could have made a better choice since they insisted upon having that 4th person, but failed to do so. There is a possibility that she just may be a better judge than the others (Randy & Kara), but I don’t see her upping Simon one iota. So, folks, I will follow the advise of my quote and have a open mind come January.

Mercedes, I hope you find Miss Kitty and that she is okay.

On my stress test last Friday, I had a bad adverse reaction to the medication and still am having some of it today. Should know sometime today on the results. But, as the saying goes, “You can’t keep a good woman down.”

Heather MacDonald

September 14th, 2009
7:04 am

Mercedes, I am so sorry to hear about Miss Kitty. I hope she is found safe and sound. My kitties are like children to me, and I can’t imagine not knowing where they were.
Nana, sorry to hear about the adverse reaction you had. Hope the results come back okay.
Highlander, I’m with you on this one. We need to give Ellen the chance to be the fourth judge before we, well… judge her. Her ratings in daytime are stellar, she has a great relationship with Simon (both are animal lovers who do a LOT of charity work in that vein), and I think it will all be great. For all we know, her stint on SYTYCD was a situation where she was TOLD to be funny and not try to judge people seriously. One never knows what kind of stupidity a producer will dream up for a guest judge.
JT, enjoy your Kardashian photo spread. I hear she looks great in it.
Deidre, thanks for the Pickler video. She’s great.

Deirdre

September 14th, 2009
7:43 am

May I add that Kanye West made a total idiot of himself…again…at the VMA awards last night. Taylor Swift is not a favorite of mine but to take her moment like that was beyond rude. Childish, self-centered and with an ego the size of the moon, this young man needs to realize the he and his opinions are NOT the center of the universe.

Harriett

September 14th, 2009
7:49 am

Good morning! I am sitting here waiting on my car to be serviced. This surely beats the heck out of reading magazines for an hour.

Nana, I do sympathize over your adverse reaction to the meds they gave you. The same thing happened to me, and I got terribly short of breath after what they put in my veins. Nobody warned me of this side-effect, so I was really alarmed about it. I went online and researched it, finding this was definitely a side-effect. It makes you wonder, especially when you walked in there ok and leave feeling terrible. Hope your symptoms subside real soon.

Deirdre

September 14th, 2009
7:58 am

Here’s the video of the idiot! otherwise known as Kanye:

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1621389/20090913/west_kanye.jhtml

Deirdre

September 14th, 2009
8:00 am

I’m not sure why pacman doesn’t like my morning greeting. I’ve tried it twice so I guess it’s my turn to play Pacman Roulette today.

So I’ll just say good morning! Sorry about the med reaction, Nana. Hope you’re feeling better. I also hope that Miss Kitty has been found and Mercedes is resting a little easier this morning.

Deirdre

September 14th, 2009
8:06 am

I knew I liked Kelly and Kellie but this just solidifies it. mj reports on their reaction to Kanye:

Kelly Clarkson and Kellie Pickler kick Kanye’s ass – Check it out HERE. Kelly: “I’ve seen you do some pretty sh—y things, but you just keep amazing me with your tactless, a–hole ways. It’s absolutely fascinating how much I don’t like you.” And Taylor BFF Kellie: “Tator Tot, you handled yourself with Grace. Kanye, go grow some f-ing balls, bi—! don’t mess w/my lil sis!!”

Deirdre

September 14th, 2009
8:08 am

I knew I liked Kelly and Kellie! From mj:

Kelly Clarkson and Kellie Pickler kick Kanye’s azz – Check it out HERE. Kelly: “I’ve seen you do some pretty sh—y things, but you just keep amazing me with your tactless, a–hole ways. It’s absolutely fascinating how much I don’t like you.” And Taylor BFF Kellie: “Tator Tot, you handled yourself with Grace. Kanye, go grow some f-ing balls, bi—! don’t mess w/my lil sis!!”

Deirdre

September 14th, 2009
8:09 am

Pacman is REALLY messing with me today! :-)

Harriett

September 14th, 2009
8:17 am

D, that happened to me a couple of weeks ago. Isn’t it frustrating? It’s especially so, when you’ve taken the time to make a thoughtful post, only to find it did not make it through! Hard to recapture the thought sometimes, or at least give it the same treatment the second or third time around!

I agree about Kanye. Total azz. I could not believe what I was witnessing.

Nana

September 14th, 2009
8:24 am

Harreitt, the reaction I had was of severe leg pains. Before they gave me an injection to counteract, I was unable to move them. The pain was so bad I was having difficulty breathing.They imformed me AFTER that happened, that anyone who reguarly takes pain meds, can sometimes experience this reaction, Would have been nice had I known it before hand. Legs are still not painless this morning. Not to mention the nausea and getting sick.

That K West needs to be taken out behind the shed and have a horse whip taken to him. What he did was totally uncalled for and childish. I respect Beyonce for having Taylor back on stage with her.

Nana

September 14th, 2009
8:25 am

BTW – Hats off to both Kelly and Kellie!!!

Rickster

September 14th, 2009
8:45 am

Just watched the video. Kanye West is a low-rent, low-life, NO class jerk. (He was the one that came out at the Katrina benefit concert and said “George Bush hates black people.”)

You could tell Beyonce was embarrassed by his actions – she needs to (figuratively) throw him under the bus.

Deirdre

September 14th, 2009
8:54 am

And for anyone who didn’t hear David Archuleta sing last night before the Us Open women’s final:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wu_NlPiDnuQ

Lara

September 14th, 2009
8:56 am

Good Monday morning all. I hope this week brings great things for all of you!
Man, some really interesting comments about the new judge. Personally, I like Ellen, I watch her show and think she is funny. I find it interesting that after he show being on for 7 years that NOW the music industry is paying attention….hello!! That, and she usually uses music of people that have actually performed on her show – I just think that is weird.
Along that same note, I am not really digging the idea of her being a judge. But I am losing interest in the show and maybe this “change” will be the kick in the pants it needs. I think that if the show didn’t have Adam last year, stay with me here, that the ratings would be way down this year. Adam caused controversy, discussion and lots of people watching. Do I think Ellen will do that for AI – I am not really sure. But I will be watching to see.

JTesla

September 14th, 2009
9:20 am

I love Kelly and Kellies reactions. Kanye just lost all respect that I had for him (which wasn’t much after his other award show outbursts, but there was a little left)