Ellen DeGeneres is the hardest working woman in showbiz! Along with her new judging gig on American Idol, her syndicated talk show has been extended until 2014.
“I’m so excited to sign on for three more years at NBC,” the daytime host said in a statement. “They were the ones that believed in my show from day one.
“So, I’m thrilled to know I’ll be here till at least 2014. Things will be a lot different by then. I won’t be dancing over my coffee table anymore. Through the magic of 3-D, I’ll be dancing over yours.”
Meanwhile, her debut on American Idol was a hit with viewers and she admitted she was proud of her performance, reports the Press Association.
After watching the broadcast of her first Idol episode, Ellen said she didn’t let the contestants down. “I was honest with [the singers] — I was concerned going into it I would be tiptoeing around too much, but I wasn’t,” she said.
So how did she get on with Simon Cowell? “Everyone is anxious to see how Simon and I are going to be together and, you know, I am, too,” Ellen said.
“I know how we were for Hollywood week, and I know there were good days and bad days. But I don’t know how we’re going to be on live TV. That’s going to be an interesting thing.”
She said Simon “is funny, but he’s also funny in a way that disregards anyone’s feelings … That doesn’t feel good to me because I think there’s a better way to tell someone that that wasn’t good.”
Ellen received a post-show flood of congratulatory messages, including one from the show’s creator Simon Fuller, who pronounced himself “really, really happy,” she said.