Ellen DeGeneres Dishes on American Idol Drama

Ellen DeGeneres is on the cover of Parade Magazine’s Halloween edition and the talk show host gave a candid interview about why she was turned off of American Idol and her personal struggles with being a gay woman in Hollywood.

Ellen had a short-lived stint as a judge on American Idol and no one could quite figure out why the 53-year-old left the same reality show that she talked so profusely about on her daytime talk show. It turns out it came down to egos¦ surprise, surprise.

It was disappointing to hear things about the kids, the drama going on, Ellen told Parade Magazine. 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.

The comedienne also opened up about what it was like to come out back in 1997.

I didn’t work, didn’t have any money. No one [in the business] would even talk to me on the phone.

I’m sure all those people who didn’t return Ellen’s phone calls sure are regretting their decision. The talk show host has built up a huge franchise for herself, and no one can deny that her wholesome comedy is infectious

Tags: American Idol, Ellen Degeneres, Hollywood, parade magazine, reality show, talk show house

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