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PAULA HAPPY FOR ELLEN

While most of you don't seem to like the selection of Ellen DeGeneres to replace Paula Abdul on American Idol, Paula doesn't seem to have the same hangups. "I think Ellen will b a gr8 judge on Idol," Abdul tweeted on @PaulaAbdul. "She is wildly funny, talented and I wish her the best of luck!" And even an employed member of the Idol crew was happy. Kara DioGuardi told Sirius XM's Larry Flick that she's "a huge Ellen DeGeneres fan," which we'll take to mean she's glad Paula's gone. "She's somebody who loves music," DioGuardi said. "She's positive. She loves kids. She's somebody who has watched the show from the beginning, knows everything there is to know about American Idol."

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Jodie Foster gets dumped

Jodie Foster unceremoniously dumped her 14-year girlfriend Cydney Bernard last year after meeting writer producer Cindy Mort on the set of The Brave One in 2006. So it makes it kind of poetic justice that Mort has just dumped her for an old girlfriend, huh? The National Enquirer says Cindy has left Jodie for club promoter Amanda Demme,widow of director Ted Demme.Amanda and Cindy used to be a thing back in the day - would that be before or after Amanda was rumored to be seeing Lindsay Lohan? "Ironically, now it's Jodie who has been jilted," the typical unnamed source told the Enquirer. "She's miserable."

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Cancer forces out Tierney

Former ER actress Maura Tierney revealed in July that she would be having surgery to remove a breast tumor, but unfortunately it looks like it will keep her off her new series Parenthood, the Hollywood Reporter said. NBC had originally put off shooting until November in order to wait for Tierney, who in the pilot played the sister-in-law role Dianne Wiest portrayed in the 1989 movie. Her role will be recast to make the midseason premiere date.

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Klum's butt, thighs exploding

Heidi Klum is still looking fabulous on recorded episodes of Project Runway, but the soon-to-be-mom says the last month of pregnancy is the worst. She should know, since this is her fourth time. "The last month is unbelievable, how rapidly your stomach goes. It's huge," the 36-year-old tells Page Six Magazine. "The thighs, the butt - everything explodes in the end." So to speak. But Mrs. Seal says she's not worried about getting her body back in shape. "It's bizarre. Just as it's a miracle that you can grow a human being in your belly, it's a miracle that your body goes back to normal again," she says.

jgillin@tampabay.com

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