The Emmy-award winning comedian and talk show host made her long-awaited debut on American Idol on Tuesday night, replacing Paula Abdul on the four-judge panel.
“He (Cowell) is going to be a challenge. He is Simon and I am me, and we both are completely different people. So I think it is going to be as they say, good television,” DeGeneres told Idol host Ryan Seacrest.
“I think he is a funny guy. I think he is a smart guy. I like Simon. Like, on Wednesday I like him. I think…,” she added.
DeGeneres (52) told celebrity TV show Extra that in her first Idol appearances –– when hopefuls from nationwide auditions compete in Hollywood –– she is sitting next to Cowell, with songwriter Kara DioGuardi on her other side.
The addition of DeGeneres to the top-rated Fox show has seen mixed reactions from critics who think she lacks music industry experience, and fans of her dry wit on her syndicated daytime TV talk show.
The pop culture phenomenon has ruled TV ratings for six years, commanding top dollar from advertisers and producing Grammy-winning stars like Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson.
But audiences have slipped from a 2006 high of about 30,8 million per each twice-weekly episode. 2010 viewership is currently down three percent at an average 26,8 million compared to 2009’s opening weeks, according to Fox. –– Reuters.