‘Dance’ Producer Lythgoe Says ‘Idol’ Stole Ellen, But He’d Rather Have Paula as Judge

Sep 14, 2009  •  Post A Comment

Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer of Fox’s "So You Think You Can Dance," thinks "American Idol" "stole" Ellen DeGeneres from his show, so he’ll "steal" Paula Abdul to guest judge the dance show, he told EW.com on the red carpet at at Saturday’s Creative Arts Emmys.

Lythgoe said he hopes DeGeneres will still "help us out" on the dance show, and he “loved” having her on. However, "I’d prefer Paula," he said, adding that it would be a “great idea” to have the former "Idol" judge join "SYTYCD" in the near future.

–Lisa D. Horowitz

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