Worst: Ellen DeGeneres
Initially, Ellen seemed like a fantastic choice to fill Paula Abdul’s chair on “American Idol.” Funny, sharp, outspoken – she could be the perfect foil to cantankerous Simon. However, it quickly became apparent that, for all of her talents, Ellen was not cut out to be a judge. She was visibly uncomfortable criticizing contestants she liked, and seemed to have little chemistry with her fellow judges. Ultimately, her fleeting one-liners weren’t enough to keep her afloat. She bowed out after just one year, claiming the job at “Idol” “didn't feel like the right fit for me." Hello, understatement! —XFINITY Entertainment Staff (Photo: Michael Rozman, AP Images)
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