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Mon 7 Jun, 2010
By Sam Bristowe

After all, what successful television producer could have a clue what wholesomeness is as long as they see promoting homosexuality as a virtue

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Journo blames Idol ratings drop on Ellen's sexuality

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Ellen Degeneres has come under fire by a Christian journalist after he accused her sexuality being the reason for the fall in ratings in the latest season of the hit talent show.

Since openly gay Degeneres the latest addition to the judging panel, the shows ratings had dropped 9% this year and Garry McCullough, director of Christian Newswire, believes this is due to the judge being a lesbian.

The Christian journalist continues to say that promoting sexuality should be kept separate from family entertainment, saying: “I am confident that the producers of American Idol will be shocked when their market share has cratered, and will in all honesty 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.”

McCullough goes on to describe the day time talk-show host as a ‘lesbian activist spouting lesbian one-liners.”

These comments have caused outrage worldwide and popular entertainment programme, Entertainment Weekly, came to talk show host defense, stating: “We can disagree about how good or bad a judge Ellen was this season, but she certainly didn’t use her pulpit to whisper evil gay incantations into the ears of innocent American teenagers.

She was just herself, onscreen.”

According to Nielsen figures, American Idol saw a dramatic loss in viewers as it aired its finale last week which coincided with Simon Cowell's last ever appearance on the show. Still managing to pull in excellent numbers compared to its rivals, this years show had 24.2 million viewers compared to last years 28.8 million viewers. It was the lowest finale since the show began back in 2002 but kept in keep with the decline it has been having the last few seasons.


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