"American Idol’s" Simon Cowell has retracted his comment that if he had been judging the Beatles for an appearance on U.K. competition show "The X Factor," he would have told them to ditch drummer Ringo Starr, according to Radaronline.com.
Cowell gave a statement to the site saying he didn’t mean to offend Starr. “Regarding my comments on the Beatles, it was a joke. I have always said they were the group I have always wished I had signed."
Separately, in response to Ellen DeGeneres taking over as the fourth judge on "American Idol," Eonline.com reports former judge Paula Abdul tweeted: "I think Ellen will b a gr8 judge on Idol. She is wildly funny, talented and I wish her the best of luck!"
— Allison J. Waldman