Ellen DeGeneres Hated Judging 'American Idol,' Has At Least One Thing In Common With Mariah Carey

She called judging the show "one of the worst decisions [she's] made."
<span><span>Ellen DeGeneres, Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi and Simon Cowell.</span></span>
Ellen DeGeneres, Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi and Simon Cowell.

Ellen DeGeneres joined Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi and Simon Cowell as a judge for the ninth season of "American Idol" back in 2010.

It should come as no shock to discover the talent competition wasn't her thing, as she only stuck around for one season, diplomatically explaining at the time that it "didn't feel like the right fit for [her]." Now, the talk show host admits she hated the experience. 

According to HitFix, during an interview on Howard Stern's SiriusXM radio show on Tuesday, Stern asked the 57-year-old if she hated judging "American Idol," to which DeGeneres responded, "Yes ... that's one of the worst decisions I've made."

When pressed further about why she wanted to be part of the Fox competition series in the first place, she explained, "As a fan of the shows, it doesn't matter that I sing or I know anything about pitch or anything, I'm like everybody else at home. It's 'American Idol.' ... So I thought, I'm gonna represent those people at home that have opinions ... but then I just thought, like Howard says, 'I can't break this person's heart.' Let somebody else do that."

It seems like sitting in those chairs and drinking from those Coke cups all day long isn't what it's cracked up to be. Just ask Mariah Carey, who earlier this year called judging the show "the worst experience of my life."

Carey didn't hold back, also dubbing it "so boring and so fake."

"You have to make up things to say about people," she told the Kyle and Jackie O radio show in Australia. "Half the time, the performances are good. You'd just be like, 'It was good!'"

"American Idol" will end its run on Fox after 15 seasons, with the series finale airing in 2016. 


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