Skip to comments.Claim: Ellen being gay hurt 'Idol' ratings
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.
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."
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.
Maybe, but I think it is just a crappy show.
*Ahem* Clay Aiken, Adam Lambert anyone?
That train left the station a long time ago.
The fact also that this group was the worse group of all time on Idol, did not help either.
The reduction in talent on the show over the last several years has nothing to do with the ratings drop. Not a thingy dingy.
I think its because people are getting tired of it.
When will Hollywood or American Idol get that IT IS NOT OKAY TI BE GAY?
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.
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.
Drugged out Paula was interesting, in a watching a car crash kind of way.
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.
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.
the old anti-freeper Clown Posse was a veritable fist club.
People are too busy fretting and keeping up with Obama’s latest BS to watch silly shows like Idol.
Ellen is “America’s lesbian.” If anything, her being on the show would help ratings, IMO.
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.
“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 ;-)
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
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.”
I’ll take your word for it. I have yet to watch an episode of AI
It died for the same reasons that the hula hoop died.
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.
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.
*It isnt 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.*
'Modern Family' being notable exception.
Maybe they just had mediocre talent this season?
Ping! The AI Live thread was more entertaining than this season!!
Ellen Degenerate only does what other homosexual degenerates like her do, act degenerate.
American Idol:The Gong Show minus the gong.
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.
I heard Ellen does not know much about music - not qualified to be a judge.
Paul McCartney. It'll keep him out of trouble.
HOGWASH! Ellen being gay hasn’t hurt the ratings of her show...and her audience is straight women.
THE SHOW IS BECOMING TIRESOME, SIMPLE.
Next season, NO ONE will watch it because the real star of the show is gone: SIMON COWELL.
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?
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 .
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.
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.
Defund the Left:
Turn off the TV.
Oh right. It can’t possibly be because she’s a no-talent yahoo.
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.
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.
“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.
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