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VIDEO: Paula Abdul Says Ellen DeGeneres 'Did A Good Job' On American Idol

Jan. 11 2011, Published 4:00 a.m. ET

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Paula Abdul appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday, and both ex-American Idol judges compare their experiences on the hit Fox TV show, as well as what it's like to work next to Simon Cowell.

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As previously reported, Abdul left the show in August 2009, after reportedly rejecting an eight-figure deal that awarded her a 30 percent raise from her previous salary.

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Ellen DeGeneres eventually would fill her spot on the panel, though would leave after one season, saying the show wasn't the "right fit” for her.

On Tuesday, DeGeneres asked Abdul, "Was it weird for you to watch the show and see me there? Did you watch?"

"I thought you did a good job,” the Forever Your Girl singer replied. “I thought you handled yourself with poise and elegance. You handled yourself the right way that is authentic to who you are."


DeGeneres said it was a challenge, as "it's really hard to tell somebody, no matter what you really feel inside, in front of America, 'That's not good.'"

As for Cowell? Abdul said their relationship was "very tumultuous -- definitely love/hate ... he's an acquired taste. He's like fungus in the sense that he sticks around for a long time and then finally you surrender to it."

DeGeneres said, "I know what you're saying though, because I ended up really liking him though -- I didn't know what to expect."

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The Ellen DeGeneres Show airs nationwide in syndication. Check your local listings for time and channel in your area.


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