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Ellen to Simon -- Got Any Openings?

9/9/2009 10:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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.

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