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 In Entertainment Weekly’s cover story, featuring “American Idol” judges Ellen DeGeneres and Simon Cowell, when the rumor is brought up that Cowell may leave the show when his contract expires later this year, DeGeneres says “If Simon goes, I go!”

The article notes that DeGeneres’ comment prompted Cowell “to laugh — and squirm a bit. ‘Oh, Ellen!… That's quite a tricky situation you've put me into! I think right now we have to concentrate on the next season and just get through that.’”  

Despite Cowell’s reaction, it’s not a laughing matter.

Gossip Cop knows for a fact that DeGeneres has had second thoughts about joining the hit music competition show. An insider recently told Gossip Cop that DeGeneres is concerned about the time commitment and added work. In fact, she now has to tape “Ellen” earlier because of the demands of “American Idol.” And, said the source, “she  doesn’t want to do it if Simon isn’t on the show.”

For the time being, however, we’ll at least have one season with both DeGeneres and Cowell. The new season kicks off on January 12, but DeGeneres won’t be on during the audition episodes until February 9.