For Ellen DeGeneres, the expression, "hindsight is 20/20," has never been truer.
The talk show host appeared on the Howard Stern Show Tuesday to discuss everything from her life to her career, including her run as a judge on Fox's American Idol. Looking back on her time on the singing competition show, Ellen had nothing but not-good memories.
"[American Idol] is one of the worst decisions I've made," she admitted to host Howard Stern.
The comedienne continued to open up about her time on the show, adding that it wasn't like anything she expected it would be. "As a fan of the shows, it doesn't matter that I sing or I know anything about pitch or anything, I'm like everybody else at home," she explained. "It's American Idol. ...So I thought I'm gonna represent those people at home that have opinions.
"Then I just thought, like Howard says, I can't break this person's heart. Let somebody else do that."
The Finding Dory star isn't the only judge to reflect on her time with such a negative perspective. Mariah Carey has also slammed the show since departing, calling it "fake" and the "worst experience" of her career.
"I mean, it's so boring and so fake," Carey said in an interview with the Kyle & Jackie O show on Australian radio station KIIS-FM 1065 in May. "I'm sorry, I just think it's, you know, when I say it's fake, I mean, it's just like, you have to make up things to say about people. Half the time, the performances are good, you just be like 'It was good.' You just feel like ending it there, like, 'It's really good.'"
She also confessed that she thought the producers of the show wanted her to fight with fellow judge Nicki Minaj. "I'm not gonna get into what it was, but let's just say I don't think they had any intentions for us to have a good experience doing that show...pinning two females against each other wasn't cool," Carey added.
So much for good memories!
For a different perspective on American Idol, watch Jennifer Lopez give her thoughts!