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Ellen DeGeneres was a hit in her first appearance on American Idol last night, but she is playing coy about who should replace Simon Cowell as the acerbic judge, joking that it could even be her.

“It’s also important to see how I fall into this,” she tells Extra‘s Mario Lopez. “If I turn out to be really nasty and mean we don’t need anybody nasty and mean, maybe I’ll turn out to be that person.”

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So how are the four judges getting along? “We all love each other like crazy,” she deadpans, ending with a telling pause before laughing.

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“It’s interesting to get behind the curtain of Oz, it’s a big show and there’s a lot of things going on.”

Despite talk about Simon’s replacement with even Howard Stern admitting that he’s in discussions with producers, Ellen denies that anyone has been approached.

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“Nobody’s in a hurry to do anything, it hasn’t gone out to anyone, no one has been approached yet — these are all just rumors,” she says, adding: “It would be fine it were just the three of us.”

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