Ellen and Simon Talk Season 9 of 'American Idol'

Less than a week away from our first taste of season 9 of American Idol and head judge Simon Cowell and brand new permanent judge Ellen DeGeneres just sat down with Entertainment Weekly for their first joint Idol interview. In a preview of the cover story out this Friday, the judges display a bit of the good-natured ribbing we'll see during season 9 of Idol and a promise from Ellen that she won't silently let Simon's notorious nastiness stand.

But it's not all jokes. Simon and Ellen also discuss Ellen's new role on the show, criticisms about her qualifications, Paula fans who say they will stop watching Idol, and rumors that Simon will be leaving Idol after season 9. His elusive answer in regards to that question seem to hint that his departure might not just be a nasty rumor.

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