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Ellen DeGeneres Dishes On ‘Idol’ Behind-The-Scenes

It’s not a secret that Ellen DeGeneres wasn’t cut out for giving blunt critiques on Fox’s “American Idol,” but in a new interview with Parade magazine, she says there was more to her decision to leave the show.

DeGeneres lasted as an “Idol” judge for only one season, partly because as a self-described sensitive person, she likes to be “around kind, gentle people,” she tells Parade.

“It was hard for me to judge people [on ‘Idol’] and sometimes hurt their feelings,” DeGeneres says.

And then to add to her reservations, there was behind-the scenes dirt. “It was disappointing to hear things about the kids, the drama going on,” she says. “Some of them are not as grateful as you would expect. All of a sudden they have fan mail, millions of people saying they’re great, and some of them just stop appreciating it.”

DeGeneres’ professional plate is still filled in the absence of “Idol,” between her daytime talk show, her record label, and her new book, “Seriously…I’m Kidding.” The secret to her success, she says, is being open about her sexuality and being nothing other than her true self.

“I think I’m just very real, and people sense that,” she tells Parade. “They know everything about me. This is a platform that’s probably more powerful than politics, and I think if you have a loud voice, you should use it for good.”

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Justin Timberlake: I Stole a Golf Cart With Ryan Gosling!

Who knew Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling used to be partners in crime?

In Time’s Timberlake, 30, recently stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where he reminisced about his days on The Mickey Mouse Club with former costar Gosling, 30.

“We used to do terrible things. We thought we were so cool,” Timberlake recalled. “Looking back on them, they weren’t as bad as I thought they were at the time. We stole a golf cart. And we were like, ‘Yeah, man. We’re stealing a golf cart!'”

“We drove into MGM Studios, which is totally illegal by the way,” he added. “I was like, ‘What do you want to do thug? And Ryan was like, ‘I don’t know, cuz…because that’s definitely how we talked.”

All kidding aside, the future A-listers bonded after Timberlake’s mother, Lynn Harless, became Gosling’s legal guardian for six months. “His mother had to keep her job in Canada the second year that we were on the television show,” Timberlake explained. “We were probably a little closer that the rest of the kids that were on the show just because we had to share a bathroom.”

Though Timberlake said it’s been “hard to keep up with” Gosling since their MMC days, he thinks Gosling has become an “unbelievable” leading man. “I think one of the best actors of our generation.”

Timberlake’s apperance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show airs Thursday.

Ellen DeGeneres “Fine” After Receiving Medical Treatment for Chest Pains

That’s no laughing matter!

Comedian and daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is on the mend after being treated for chest pains Monday at the Burbank, Calif., studio where she tapes her show.

Recounting the health scare to her TV audience late Monday, DeGeneres, 53, revealed that she first felt “tightness and heaviness” in her chest Sunday, but waited until Monday morning to call paramedics.

Using her trademark humor, DeGeneres reassured fans she’s doing just fine.

“The paramedics were strippers that I had called. That’s how the rumors got started,” she joked to the audience. “I woke up in the middle of the night….[feeling] like something was heavy on my chest and it was a cat, so I moved it. I still felt the tightness and heaviness, so there was another cat under that cat. There were two cats on my chest.”

DeGeneres says she has a deep appreciation for the medical team who came to her aid.

“It’s better to be safe than sorry. Who doesn’t want to see a fireman occasionally?” the host added. “I want to say thank you to all the paramedics and the nurses who showed up…I appreciate it.”

Snooki Shows Off Suddenly Slimmer Physique

America’s favorite meatball Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is looking a lot more svelte lately. The Jersey Shore star posed at Harrah’s Resort this weekend in Atlantic City, New Jersey wearing an itty bitty dress that showed off her suddenly slim figure.

Snooki has been slimming down all summer and in April the 4’9″ star tweeted about her weight loss, writing:

“As everyone’s planning their night at the club, I’m wondering when Gold’s [Gym] closes.”

Even back in January, the reality star was working on her fitness, telling E!, “I try to eat healthy. I just have to quit the drinking so much. If I do drink, it’s going to be, like, vodka and seltzer … maybe like two or three.”

While filming the Jersey Shore in Florence, Italy, we saw Snooki taking time for her workouts. She even went on Ellen DeGeneres‘ show to give some work out tips. Check out that video below.

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