News like today actually makes me want to watch American Idol next season so I guess the producers are getting what they want. What do they want? People returning to watch a show that has become a little stale and drawing in first time viewers of the show who love and adore Ellen. I love Ellen and hope she brings Portia every week. She also won't take any crap from Simon since she is more popular than him and doesn't need to kiss his ass. Plus it seems like she and Ryan Seacrest are BFF because she is always on his radio show. Looks like Paula played hardball for a little too long. Next year everyone will be asking whatever happened to the half drunk judge, you know, umm, Paula.