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On her talk show this week, Ellen DeGeneres took a couple minutes away from cracking jokes and interviewing celebrities to address the growing, dangerous problemsof bullying against gay teenagers.

Tragically, this topic is in the news because a Rutgers University student named Tyler Clementi committed suicide this week after his roommate exposed his sexuality on the Internet. Clementi is just the latest teen to take his own life in reaction to brutal taunting from classmates.

"My heart is breaking for their families, their friends and for a society that continues to let this happen," Ellen says in the video below. "These kids needed us. We have an obligation to change this. There are messages everywhere that validate this kind of bullying and taunting and we have to make it stop. We can't let intolerance and ignorance take another kid's life."

DeGeneres goes on to list agencies that can help those in trouble, such as The Trevor Project (866 4U TREVOR). Watch the following video and consider the message:

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On yesterday's Ellen episode, one singer proposed, while another performed.

First, congratulations are in order for Michael Grimm, who is an excited new fiance. But the America's Got Talent champion wasn't the only crooner to have a big day in front of Ellen DeGeneres.

The comedian also introduced the world to Tom Andrews, a British teenager who performed James Brown's "It's a Man's Man's Man's World." He's the second artist signed to Ellen's recently-created record label. Think he has a bright future in the business?

Earlier this year, Ellen gave us Greyson Chance. That 12-year old will release his debut album in the fall.

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Lauren Froderman doesn't just think she can dance.

The 18-year old cheerleader is certain of it after being crowned the So You Think You Can Dance winner for 2010.

But while many viewers are happy for Froderman, they are buzzing over another performer on last night's episode: Ellen DeGeneres!

Indeed, the talk show host may not consider herself a worthy judge on American Idol, but she clearly has a place on reality TV when it comes to dancing. Watch her hip hop routine with tWitch Boss below:

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American Idol is apparently cleaning house.

Talk of who will fill Simon Cowell's vacant seat on the hit show's panel now shifts to who will replace the other two departing judges: Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi will not be returning next season either, according to reports.

DeGeneres, who joined the show in its ninth season earlier this year, confirmed in a statement that she told Fox it "didn’t feel like the right fit for me.”

“I told them I wouldn’t leave them in a bind and would hold off until they were able to figure out where they wanted to take the panel next," she said. "It was a difficult decision to make, but my work schedule became more than I bargained for.”

The class act added: “I loved the experience working on Idol, am very grateful for the year I had, am a huge fan of the show and will continue to be.”

In the same statement, American Idol creator and executive producer Simon Fuller says, “I loved Ellen’s passion for the artists and her nurturing skills. She brought honesty and optimism to our judging panel and I will miss her greatly."

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Next year's American Idol roster will look a lot different.

But here's where it gets interesting: TMZ reports that Kara DioGuardi has been fired from the program, which will return to a three-judge format.

Fox has not acknowledged Kara's departure in a statement, but it appears it's all but official. That leaves Randy Jackson as the last man standing.

The show will reportedly be going back to a three-judge panel of Randy and a couple of high-profile newcomers: Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.

This so-called "nuclear option" of blowing up nearly the entire panel has been kicked around for months, but nevertheless comes as a surprise.

Stars ranging from Harry Connick, Jr., to Bret Michaels, Chris Isaak and even Jessica Simpson have been rumored to be negotiating for the job.

Looks like J. Lo and the Aerosmith frontman won out.

The only way Kara could be asked back would be if the Lopez deal fell apart, but TMZ's sources claim it is already a done deal. Crazy stuff!

What do you think of the new panel? With Simon gone, will a Randy-Steven-J.Lo tandem usher in stronger ratings in Season 10?

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American Idol experienced a decrease in ratings this season. New judge Ellen DeGeneres is a lesbian.

Clearly, says Gary McCullough, the director of the Christian Newswire, these two facts are related. In a press release today, he wrote:

I am confident that the producers of American Idol will... find a dozen other reasons for the drop in ratings. After all, what successful television producer could have a clue what wholesomeness is as long as they see promoting homosexuality as a virtue.

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.

What a great point. Ellen once joked on air about having loved a woman - that's the exact same thing as a pro-choice judge telling a contestant: "You really killed that song, the same way women across the country should be free to kill their unborn babies."

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McCullough added: Network television producers may or may not stop promoting homosexuality; but for certain they will learn to keep homosexual activism separate from the cash-cow of "family entertainment."

There is of course the insane possibility that Hollywood will forsake ratings... and continue down the path of change. 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.

Yes, he just compared homosexuality to pedophilia and statutory rape.

This genius makes unassailable arguments. There's no way season nine ratings were down because the contestants were boring, and the key demographic for Idol - a singing competition whose main, highly-rated season eight attraction was Adam Lambert - is clearly people that have a problem with gays.

What do you think? Did Ellen's sexuality contribute to the show's lackluster ratings?

 

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Greyson Chance just took a big step toward becoming the next Justin Bieber.

The 12-year old YouTube sensation taped an appearance on Ellen this week (it airs today) and learned that the talk show host has started a new record label. Her first signee? Greyson Chance!

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The company will be called "Eleveneleven" and Greyson will be co-managed by a pair of music heavyweights: Troy Carter (of Lady Gaga fame) and Madonna's manager, Guy Oseary.

Speaking on his rise to fame, and the number of individuals that have watched him online, Chance said:

"It's crazy thinking about 30 million people. It just makes me happy. It really just hasn't sunken in yet.  It has been two weeks and it still hasn't sunken in yet. It's awesome."

Check your local listings to see when Ellen airs in your area. On the show, Greyson will perform an original single titled "Broken Hearts." Listen to it NOW!

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During a taping of Ellen this week, Robert Pattinson was his usual charming self, joking with the host and laughing with the audience and...

... who cares?!? The Twilight Saga stud had short hair! That's the real story here. See for yourself:

Asked why he cut his lovely locks, Rob kidded: "I got a terrible infestation of nits and I had to shave it all of."

The real story? This jarring event took place three days ago due to Pattinson's role in Water for Elephants, an upcoming drama the actor will star in alongside Reese Witherspoon.

Among other topics discussed on the show - it airs today, check your local listings and get extra excited: Adam Lambert also performs during the hour - was Rob's fear of, well, thinking.

"I just like doing things where you have a little time to think about what you're saying," he replied when asked why he's hesitant to do talk shows. "I've always had a problem actually thinking before I open my mouth."

While we know readers would love to focus on Rob's mouth, attention must be paid to the actor's head. Sound off on it now:

Robert Pattinson's new hair makes him...

 

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Earlier this week, the tween world went into a tizzy when Justin Bieber was spotted at dinner with Miley Cyrus.

The latter claims the pair is just working on a "side project," but is this code? Should Liam Hemsworth be worried?

Gary LeVox, Justin Bieber and Jay DeMarcus

No and no, Bieber says. On today's Ellen DeGeneres Show, the young heartthrob referred to the evening and said he and Cyrus are "just hanging out! If you look on the Internet, you'll see other girls that I hang out with."

Hmmm... that's not a total denial, is it?

Bieber added that he's "not really" dating anyone, a slight tease that is also likely to get the Twitter world all flustered. No way he's hinting at something with Kim Kardashian, is he?!?

As for the other topic fans care about, Justin addressed his hair. He said:

"I blow dry it and then it's done in, like, five minutes... I'm kinda liking the long hair right now. In the future, I may get bored and change it up, but for now, I like how it is."

Whoa, stop the presses! Can you imagine Bieber with shorter hair? Ponder that possibility as you also check out Justin's Oprah interview this week. The guy is everywhere.

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Last week, THG readers were given the task of writing the best caption for this picture of Ellen DeGeneres, Jessica Simpson and whatever came to mind.

Your winner for this edition of our Caption Contest is Caitlin.

Congratulations! The winning caption appears below. Honorable mentions go to nowingsnow and Miranda Brown. Follow the above link for all entries.

Thank you to everyone for playing and good luck next time!

"Hmm, cheese graters and various cheeses? Sure, I'll lend my name to that."

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Welcome, readers, to The Hollywood Gossip Caption Contest, where you all try to think and post the funniest caption(s) for the celebrity photo below!

Today's subject? The legendary Jessica Simpson on the talk show circuit. What could she and Ellen be saying / doing? What would make a great caption?

You tell us! Just click "Comments" and send in your caption(s) - as many as you like. We will announce the winner on Monday. Best of luck ... go to it: