Ellen to Simon -- Got Any Openings?

9/9/2009 10:34 PM PDT
Just a few months ago, Ellen was overly interested in the judge "situation" on "American Idol" -- grilling Simon Cowell about that coveted fourth seat.

When Simon tells Ellen he thinks all four judges are going to be back next season, she slyly replies, "Really ... okay" -- almost like she knows something Simon doesn't.