Ellen Degeneres: American Idol Contestants “Not as Grateful As You Would Expect”
Talk show host and all-around funny lady Ellen Degeneres was an American Idoljudge for only one season. Ellen bowed out gracefully after Season 9, blaming her departure on an overwhelming work schedule. “This didn't feel like the right fit for me," she told People at the time. Now, Ellen’s talking more about why she left — and it’s not all ponies and unicorns. She says she was disheartened by the amount of drama behind the scenes.
Ellen recently opened up to Parade about her short-lived tenure on the talent show: “It was disappointing to hear things about the kids, the drama going on. Some of them are not as grateful as you would expect. All of a sudden they have fan mail, millions of people saying they’re great, and some of them just stop appreciating it.”