Ellen And Kara Out, J-Lo And Steven Tyler Possibly In At Idol

In a statement, DeGeneres revealed that she didn't feel the show was "the right fit for her," and that "while I love discovering, supporting and nurturing young talent, it was hard for me to judge people and sometimes hurt their feelings. I loved the experience working on Idol and I am very grateful for the year I had, I am a huge fan of the show and will continue to be." [People]

  • Current judge Kara DioGuardi has reportedly been fired from the show, and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler is rumored to be replacing Simon Cowell, who finished his run on the show last season. [TMZ]
  • Meanwhile, Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood claims that Jennifer Lopez has already been tapped to fill Ellen's spot, and that Ellen's announcement only went out after a deal with Lopez was reached. Other names being circulated as possible judges: Elton John and Jessica Simpson. [DeadlineHollywood]
  • Cowell, reacting to DeGeneres' departure, says he grew to like her as he got to know her, and that he has "huge respect for her because she's always been in control of her own destiny." [ET]
  • "I don't ever really think of things as out or in. I just think I am who I am, and when topics come up that are appropriate, I'll talk about them and share when it seems right."-Sara Gilbert, who will be "officially" open about her sexuality with the general public for the first time on her new show The Talk. [EW]
  • All of the awesome here is really summed up in the headline: "J.J. Abrams Producing Period Robot Movie." [HollywoodReporter]
  • Jennifer Grey will be guest starring on House, where she will presumably be treated for back injuries caused by carrying a watermelon. [EW]
  • Here's a video of Shaq serenading Justin Bieber. [Bossip]
  • Daniel Radcliffe had a pretty good time on his 21st birthday, going out and drinking with his friends: "We were stunned when we realised it was Harry Potter," says a woman who was at the club where Radcliffe was partying, "He was just fab. He enjoyed himself so much. He was laughing like a hyena all night." [TheSun]
  • 50 Cent has restored the 50 pounds or so that he lost for a role as a cancer patient in an upcoming film. [HuffingtonPost]
  • Dina Lohan is not pleased with the "extremely harsh" conditions her daughter, Lindsay, is dealing with in prison: "She doesn't have cell phone privileges, that's absurd. She doesn't even have a pillow to sleep on. I talk to her through glass. There's a phone and we put her on speaker but I can't even hug my daughter. She's treated like a common criminal." [RadarOnline]
  • Janet Charlton of Janet Charlton's Hollywood claims that Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon broke up because Gyllenhaal smokes too much: "and we're not talking nicotine here." [JanetCharlton'sHollywood]
  • Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino wants to be on Dancing With The Stars, which sounds about right. [TMZ]
  • And former NFL star Troy Aikman has already secured a spot on that very show. [TMZ]
  • Ozzy Osbourne says he predicted the death of Princess Diana in 1997: "I remember when Princess Diana was still alive, I woke up one morning and said to my assistant, 'You know what? Something very bad's gonna happen to her.' And sure enough, days or weeks later, the tragedy in Paris happened. But the fact is, if someone's living their life at 300 miles per hour, you don't have to be a clairvoyant to see what's coming." [ContactMusic]
  • Lady Gaga claims that a currently circulating photograph of what looks to be Gaga having sex with someone is, in fact, not her. [RadarOnline]
  • Singer Tracy Chapman is reportedly dating The L Word actress Guinevere Turner. [ContactMusic]
  • In this slightly awkward clip, anchor Bryan McFayden can barely keep it together in this clip after Christina Hendricks discusses taking a bath. [HuffingtonPost]
  • Meryl Streep put on a bit of a show and continued to be awesome while on a cruise at Emily Blunt and John Krasinski's wedding: "On board they were playing ABBA songs and Meryl volunteered to sing along with Joanna, Emily's mum, and John's mother Mary Clare to the song Mamma Mia! She had her arms around them belting out the songs." [ContactMusic]
  • Mel Gibson sent an email to his girlfriend the morning after he allegedly assaulted her, writing "Could you please call me. I want to tell you how unspeakably sorry I am." He also sent an email asking, "How's your tooth?" [RadarOnline]
  • Gibson is also paying for Oksana Grigorieva's lawyers, and has started paying child support, as well. [RadarOnline]
  • Helen Mirren has a pretty simple explanation for why she chose to star in the new film Red: "It was not The Queen - the appeal was Bruce Willis, an evening dress and a machine gun." [Mirror]
  • Eva Mendes' dog flipped out when it saw a coyote while sitting in the backseat of her car, leading him to actually break the windshield: "He's fully trained, fully equipped. And he's in the back and I'm driving and a coyote runs across (the street)... and for some reason Hugo becomes crazy. His instincts kick in. He just thinks, 'Kill coyote before coyote kills mama!'" [ContactMusic]
  • Paul McCartney is a fan of President Obama and enjoyed playing at the White House: "I was eager to meet him, being a fan of his and his wife. I had never actually been to the White House, so that was great. And the idea of playing in the White House was very interesting." [Mirror]
  • Renee Zellweger doesn't want to get married, but does want to have children, says a source, "Renee and Bradley are very much in love and committed to each other. But with Renee's experience with marriage she is saying another wedding is not important to her. She's desperate to start a family and having spoken to Bradley, that would seem to be their first priority." [ShowbizSpy]
  • According to The Hills star Audrina Patridge, singer Avril Lavigne and her boyfriend, Brody Jenner, are "very happy together." [ContactMusic]
  • Bristol Palin is "heartbroken," over the rumors that Levi Johnston may have fathered another child, according to a source, who says, "Levi insists the baby isn't his, but no one really knows for sure." [RadarOnline]
  • Robert Pattinson bites his nails to hide from fans in public. [ShowbizSpy]
  • Foxy Brown allegedly got into a fight at a NYC apartment but left before the cops showed up. [TMZ]
  • Leonardo DiCaprio on the role he regrets not taking: "My biggest regret is Boogie Nights. I'm a huge fan of (director) Paul Thomas Anderson but the first time I met him for that role I hadn't really seen much of his previous work. Now I love that movie." [ShowbizSpy]
  • Katy Perry says that Morrissey tried to convince her and Russell Brand to not get married: "He swooned and sighed, 'Oh, left hand third finger, don't do it.' It was just so eloquent and poetic and like one of his songs. It would be great to have him at the wedding but I told him, 'We can't have a Mr Misery like you messing things up.'" [ContactMusic]