Ellen DeGeneres is officially out of “American Idol,” because she “hated being critical,” says a source familiar with negotiations.

In fact, Gossip Cop hears she asked to be released from her contract the day last season ended, but was told there was no chance unless they found another panel.

Which brings us to today’s HUGE news.

Gossip Cop hears from a reliable source that offers have been made to Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.



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I think this is a bad move. JLo is not as popular as Fox thinks she is and Tyler is not very charismatic off the concert stage. I think Brett Michaels would have made a better fit.