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Claim: Ellen being gay hurt 'Idol' ratings
The Hollywood Reporter ^ | June 04, 2010 | James hibbard

Posted on 06/04/2010 4:35:57 PM PDT by Dacula

A Christian news site is making headlines by claiming Ellen DeGeneres is responsible for the ratings erosion of Fox's "American Idol."

Christian Newswire director Gary McCullough says the sexual orientation of the newest "Idol" judge was the reason "Idol" ratings were down about 9% this season.

McCullough said he predicted that "Idol" ratings would drop after DeGeneres was announced as a judge and says Fox has paid the price:

"At this moment in entertainment history, network television is on a pro-homosexuality bender," McCullough wrote. "The producers of 'American Idol' chose to be a part of this push; it was a huge mistake. The consequences of this choice were a drop in market share and a reduction in advertising dollars ... it actually drives away a significant market share of parents and teens who used to watch the show together, until mom and dad decided that the subtle promotion of an 'alternate lifestyle' to their kids was not worth the entertainment trade off."

"Perhaps next we will see the pro-pedophilia group NAMBLA use its influence in Hollywood to have 'Dancing with the Stars' seat Roman Polanski as a judge," he added.

Few points:

To claim that DeGeneres is detrimental to TV ratings conflicts with the reason she was chosen for the show -- her established popularity with TV viewers via her daytime talk show and other outlets.

"Idol" ratings have been dipping steadily for the past few years. This season's "Idol" ratings drop was about the same as the previous year, when DeGeneres wasn't on the show, and were in line with network performance expectations at the start of the season.

The biggest new scripted ratings hit of the season is one of the most gay-friendly broadcast shows ever created -- Fox's "Glee," whose ratings increased after an early pivotal episode focused on a gay character.

"I can hear the bloggers loading their homophobe-blasters, but think this through with me," McCullough wrote. "If one of the judges was an abortion activist, or a political right winger -- and continued to insert comments in line with their activism -- the same criticism would be true, and the show would suffer. The advice, 'Shut up and sing!' comes to mind."


TOPICS: Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: ellen; homosexualagenda; hotpaula; idhitpaula; idol; paulaishot; ratings
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1 posted on 06/04/2010 4:35:57 PM PDT by Dacula
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To: Dacula

It isn’t that Ellen is gay its that she is not as crazy as Paula and is a clone of the even more boring Diguaro and the show has been steadily declining since the beginning and the winners increasingly irrelevant.


2 posted on 06/04/2010 4:37:25 PM PDT by omega4179 (www.jdforsenate.com)
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To: Dacula

Maybe, but I think it is just a crappy show.


3 posted on 06/04/2010 4:37:34 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Don't go chasing waterfalls.....)
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To: Dacula
"At this moment in entertainment history, network television is on a pro-homosexuality bender," McCullough wrote. "The producers of 'American Idol' chose to be a part of this push; it was a huge mistake.

*Ahem* Clay Aiken, Adam Lambert anyone?

That train left the station a long time ago.

4 posted on 06/04/2010 4:38:24 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Dacula
It was not because she is gay that people tuned her out, it was because she is an idiot with no professional music experience.

The fact also that this group was the worse group of all time on Idol, did not help either.

5 posted on 06/04/2010 4:38:53 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (Even Hitler had Government run health care, but at least he got the Olympics for Germany)
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To: Dacula

The reduction in talent on the show over the last several years has nothing to do with the ratings drop. Not a thingy dingy.


6 posted on 06/04/2010 4:39:11 PM PDT by nhoward14 (A mind is a terrible thing to waste. That is why Obama gave his away.)
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To: Dacula

I think its because people are getting tired of it.


7 posted on 06/04/2010 4:40:55 PM PDT by GeronL (Political Correctness Kills)
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To: Dacula

When will Hollywood or American Idol get that IT IS NOT OKAY TI BE GAY?


8 posted on 06/04/2010 4:41:00 PM PDT by Dacula (Every good father has a plan for his family.)
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To: Dacula

It’s not that she’s gay. It’s that she has no knowledge whatsoever of the music industry, music itself, or what makes someone a star.


9 posted on 06/04/2010 4:41:06 PM PDT by dangus
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To: nhoward14

As if there was really that much talent to begin with, you can find just as good singers at the piano bar at the local Ramada Inn as Kelly Clarkson or Taylor Hicks.


10 posted on 06/04/2010 4:41:51 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Dacula
Maybe they should have gone all the way over with Wanda Sykes. America loves it some Bush hating dykes.
11 posted on 06/04/2010 4:42:03 PM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it freedom has a flavor the protected will never know .F Trp 8th Cav)
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To: omega4179
It is not that she is gay, she just isn't interesting.

Drugged out Paula was interesting, in a watching a car crash kind of way.

12 posted on 06/04/2010 4:42:46 PM PDT by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President)
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To: Michael.SF.
Simon jumped at the right time . Bowersox is a real talent . The post teen little boy won again. It's about selling cd’s an filling concert seats . Unless they pick a big time judge , it's over .
13 posted on 06/04/2010 4:42:54 PM PDT by fantom (,)
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To: Dacula

Homosexuals make up less than 2% of our population and they are severly over-represented on all leftist controlled media. As soon as Ellen signed on to AI, my household’s occasional AI update stopped. Homosexuals have so many people fighting their PR war for them, that even FReerepublic has a small fan club.


14 posted on 06/04/2010 4:43:28 PM PDT by 999replies (Thune/Rubio 2012)
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To: Dacula

I’ve never watched Idol. When Ellen was named a judge, it removed any inclinations I had to check it out. What people do in their own bedrooms is not my business, but once they start proclaiming it in public, it certainly effects my decisions.


15 posted on 06/04/2010 4:46:36 PM PDT by FourPeas (What do you call a peaceful Hamas protester? Deceased.)
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To: 999replies
Hear Hear.

the old anti-freeper Clown Posse was a veritable fist club.

16 posted on 06/04/2010 4:46:43 PM PDT by wardaddy (No mosque at ground zero....are these NYers totally nuts?...what would wake them up?)
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To: Dacula

Obama’s fault....

People are too busy fretting and keeping up with Obama’s latest BS to watch silly shows like Idol.


17 posted on 06/04/2010 4:46:57 PM PDT by Irenic
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To: Dacula

Ellen is “America’s lesbian.” If anything, her being on the show would help ratings, IMO.


18 posted on 06/04/2010 4:47:55 PM PDT by GSWarrior (Be wary of all politicians--especially the ones you admire.)
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To: fantom
Agreed on Bowersox, I liked her, but she has somewhat limited appeal.

Yes, the show is about selling records, concert tickets etc. but is that a bad thing?

Simon was good because he was honest and his was the only opinion that people really cared about.

19 posted on 06/04/2010 4:49:11 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (Even Hitler had Government run health care, but at least he got the Olympics for Germany)
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To: Dacula

“To claim that DeGeneres is detrimental to TV ratings conflicts with the reason she was chosen for the show — her established popularity with TV viewers via her daytime talk show and other outlets. “

Yeah...we know who the vast majority of daytime TV watchers are ;-)


20 posted on 06/04/2010 4:49:21 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: Dacula

Had nothing to do with Ellen being gay. She was boring (bless her heart). I missed Paula. Heard Bret Michaels was taking Simon’s place. Bret needs to take a rest though. Just sayin


21 posted on 06/04/2010 4:50:06 PM PDT by GoCards ("We eat therefore we hunt...")
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To: GSWarrior

She wasn’t funny. She didn’t know what she was talking about. She dressed weird -like a man most of the time .

when someone sang the lyric “have you ever really loved a woman” ..her response when it was time to judge was ..”why yes, I have.”


22 posted on 06/04/2010 4:52:56 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: RummyChick

I’ll take your word for it. I have yet to watch an episode of AI


23 posted on 06/04/2010 4:55:25 PM PDT by GSWarrior (Be wary of all politicians--especially the ones you admire.)
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To: Dacula

It died for the same reasons that the hula hoop died.

LLS


24 posted on 06/04/2010 4:55:39 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer ( WOLVERINES!)
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To: All

I think this article is true. Many times when a show introduces a homosexual storyline or homosexual cast member the ratings start tanking.

Three examples are 1) Flashforward 2) One life to Live and 3) American Idol.

Flashforward introduced a prominent lesbian with sex scene and the ratings fell and now it is cancelled.

One life to Live introduced a prominent gay story line about a man who comes out and lives with his boyfriend. The ratings tanked so bad that they ditched the two characters which caused outrage at GBLT organizations.

And now American Idol is tanking.

When will this Hollywood decadents get that middle America doesn’t want this stuff shoved down our throats.


25 posted on 06/04/2010 4:55:44 PM PDT by ClarenceThomasfan (President Bush will go down as one of our greatest presidents (next to Ronald Reagan))
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To: ClarenceThomasfan

I am tired of this avoidance of hurting someone’s feelings. There are going to be a bunch of pi$sed off people when we struggle to get our country back.


26 posted on 06/04/2010 5:00:19 PM PDT by Dacula (Every good father has a plan for his family.)
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To: Dacula
I think Idol is just getting old.
27 posted on 06/04/2010 5:03:33 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: omega4179

*It isn’t that Ellen is gay its that she is not as crazy as Paula and is a clone of the even more boring Diguaro and the show has been steadily declining since the beginning and the winners increasingly irrelevant.*

Exactly.


28 posted on 06/04/2010 5:04:13 PM PDT by TruJess
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To: Dacula
No. The ratings are declining because people have finally figured it out that the show is a waste of time.
29 posted on 06/04/2010 5:05:55 PM PDT by svcw (Habakkuk 2:3)
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To: Michael.SF.
It was not because she is gay that people tuned her out, it was because she is an idiot with no professional music experience.

Exactly. Throw in the fact that Paula was gone, Simon was phoning it in and the talent was just plain off this year (even by Idol standards)...Ellen being gay was the least of the show's issues.
30 posted on 06/04/2010 5:18:23 PM PDT by VampireStateNY (Bleeding taxpayers dry since 1788!)
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To: ClarenceThomasfan
Many times when a show introduces a homosexual storyline or homosexual cast member the ratings start tanking

'Modern Family' being notable exception.

31 posted on 06/04/2010 5:25:17 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (Even Hitler had Government run health care, but at least he got the Olympics for Germany)
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To: Dacula

Maybe they just had mediocre talent this season?


32 posted on 06/04/2010 5:34:32 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (obama out now! I'll keep my money, my guns, and my freedom - you can keep the change.)
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To: silent_jonny; retrokitten

Ping! The AI Live thread was more entertaining than this season!!


33 posted on 06/04/2010 5:47:06 PM PDT by LA Woman3 ("Don't step on snakes!")
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To: Dacula

Ellen Degenerate only does what other homosexual degenerates like her do, act degenerate.

http://americansfortruth.com/news/american-idol-judge-ellen-degeneres-asks-female-contestant-to-sing-love-song-to-a-woman-on-idol-semifinal.html


34 posted on 06/04/2010 6:01:06 PM PDT by aSeattleConservative
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To: Dacula

American Idol:The Gong Show minus the gong.


35 posted on 06/04/2010 6:06:24 PM PDT by massmike (...So this is what happens when OJ's jury elects the president....)
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To: Dacula

I think it just got boring.
Bunch of people show and sing bad, looked shocked when they get kicked off.

I liked acceptable t.v.’s kitten calendar much better.


36 posted on 06/04/2010 6:08:31 PM PDT by Colvin (Proud Owner '66 Binder PU, '66 Binder Travelall,)
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To: Dacula

I heard Ellen does not know much about music - not qualified to be a judge.


37 posted on 06/04/2010 6:10:17 PM PDT by Dante3
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To: fantom
Unless they pick a big time judge , it's over.

Paul McCartney. It'll keep him out of trouble.

;^)

38 posted on 06/04/2010 6:22:39 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Build a man a fire; he'll be warm for a night. Set a man on fire; he'll be warm the rest of his life)
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To: Dacula

HOGWASH! Ellen being gay hasn’t hurt the ratings of her show...and her audience is straight women.


39 posted on 06/04/2010 6:25:41 PM PDT by lonestar (Better Obama picks his nose than our pockets!)
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To: Dacula

THE SHOW IS BECOMING TIRESOME, SIMPLE.

Next season, NO ONE will watch it because the real star of the show is gone: SIMON COWELL.


40 posted on 06/04/2010 6:32:18 PM PDT by max americana
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To: Dacula

I’ve actually never seen an entire episode, just bits and pieces while channel surfing.

Is the show really as bad as it looks? And what music background does Ellen have? Aren’t the judges suppose to be in the music business?


41 posted on 06/04/2010 6:40:58 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: mad_as_he$$

I sure did not care for Ellen on the show. What does she know to say, “you look good,”
They need a good judge that has a brain & use it .


42 posted on 06/04/2010 6:58:28 PM PDT by mendedheart
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To: omega4179

Dioguardi is credible (and hot).
Ellen had no cred and is a butch les.

With Cowell leaving, I give them one more season and poof.


43 posted on 06/04/2010 7:06:24 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Dacula

I, for one, will never watch anything that knowingly showcases a faggot. Then again, I don’t have tv so it’s a moot point.


44 posted on 06/04/2010 7:21:17 PM PDT by LouAvul
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To: Dacula

Defund the Left:

Turn off the TV.


45 posted on 06/04/2010 7:42:33 PM PDT by WOSG (OPERATION RESTORE AMERICAN FREEDOM - NOVEMBER, 2010 - DO YOUR PART!)
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To: mendedheart
I agree. I watched one episode early on with her and was likewise not impressed. She was doing her couch show with the same goofy lines.
46 posted on 06/05/2010 5:19:46 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Don't go chasing waterfalls.....)
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To: Dacula

Oh right. It can’t possibly be because she’s a no-talent yahoo.


47 posted on 06/05/2010 5:26:02 AM PDT by MozarkDawg
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To: fantom
Idols demographics (or at least the voting demographics) have always been teen age girls, that is why you got Lee this year, and Kris last year (even though love him, or hate him) Adam Lambert was clearly the most musically talented.

BTW, the few times I laughed out loud this year watching the show, were because of Ellens one liners. I agree that musically she added nothing to the show, but she could be entertaining.

48 posted on 06/05/2010 5:34:24 AM PDT by codercpc
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To: ClarenceThomasfan
Flashforward introduced a prominent lesbian with sex scene and the ratings fell and now it is cancelled.

Flashfoward's ratings fell because although the premise of the show was fascinating, the acting and scripts sucked.

I so wanted to watch the show, but every week I found myself waiting for the end. I could have loved the show, but it was too badly scripted.

49 posted on 06/05/2010 5:37:45 AM PDT by codercpc
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To: codercpc

“Flashfoward’s ratings fell because although the premise of the show was fascinating, the acting and scripts sucked.”

Bingo. Too much “up close and personal” character development and not enough plot. That is a common problem with many TV dramas and Sci-Fi shows.

They even do it with the Olympics.


50 posted on 06/05/2010 5:47:40 AM PDT by Poser (Enjoying tasty animals for 58 years)
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