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EXCLUSIVE! Kellie Pickler Already Has 'Battle Scars' From Her New Talk Show Pickler & Ben!

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It's hard to believe this American Idol alum has graced our TV screens since 2005!

Almost 13 years later, Kellie Pickler has added a new gig to her already stacked resume full of music and reality — Daytime TV host!

Related: This I Love Kellie Pickler Clip Will Have You In Stitches!

The blonde crooner is now 1/2 of the CMT talk show Pickler & Ben, and we have to say, it's loads of fun! Especially since she gave us EXCLUSIVE scoop on her zany cohost Ben Aaron, girl boss executive producer Faith Hill, a surprise welcome gift from Ellen DeGeneres, and so much more!

When asked if any current Daytime hosts offered up advice to the budding TV personality, Kellie gushed:

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Money Drama! American Idol Had To Expand Its Budget To Secure Final Judges Thanks To Katy Perry's Crazy Paycheck!

| Filed under: TV NewsAmerican IdolRyan SeacrestKaty PerryBusiness BlitzThe VoiceKitty Purry

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We can't say we didn't see this coming.

The American Idol revival seemed to be tripping from the start after paying a cool $25 million to secure first judge Katy Perry.

As we reported, Katy Kat's healthy paycheck royally screwed over the budget for the reality singing competition, leaving very little wiggle room to negotiate with the other two judges.

Related: Lionel Thinks Scott Disick Is The 'Worst Person' For Sofia To Date!

The production eventually booked Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan to complete the superstar trio, making it look like everything is running smoothly on the surface.

But behind the scenes, execs are apparently worried that this overpriced concert might completely blow up in their faces!

An insider told Page Six that Katy's deal — not to mention Ryan Seacrest's hefty $15 salary — left mere "pennies" for fellow judges, cutting into costs so deep that execs had to expand their budget to land the rest of the talent. The source explained:

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Lionel Richie Thinks Scott Disick Is The 'Worst Person' For Sofia Richie To Date!

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Lionel Richie is one worried dad!

Lionel Richie just wants the best for his daughter Sofia Richie, and it sounds like Scott Disick isn't it!

As we previously reported, the new American Idol judge revealed he's "scared to death" over the two dating, but still kept his cool considering his 19-year-old offspring is seeing a 34-year-old.

Related: Sofia & Scott Get Hot & Heavy At The Beach!

Sounds like he's a lot more worried than he's coming off though, as a People source divulged more of the singer's feelings about Sofia and Scott's new relationship:

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Kelly Ripa Allegedly Ordered Ryan Seacrest To Cancel His GMA Appearance Amid Her Estrangement With Michael Strahan!

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Looks like Kelly Ripa's still PISSED at Michael Strahan!

As you surely know, the former Live! cohosts had a falling out when Strahan jumped ship to join Good Morning America. At the time, it was believed that Ripa had been blindsided by the news. So it's not surprising to learn that the blonde TV personality reportedly sabotaged Ryan Seacrest's scheduled Wednesday appearance on the ABC morning show.

Related: Willie Garson Shades The Hell Out Of Kim Cattrall!

According to Page Six, Miz Ripa demanded that her (current) Live! cohost cancel his appearance on GMA at the very last minute. Seacrest was slated to appear on the program to promote American Idol alongside judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan.

A source dished to the tabloid:

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We've Been Waiting For This! Lionel Richie Finally Says What He Thinks Of Scott Disick Dating His Teenage Daughter!

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Grab the popcorn, the show is just getting started!

Ever since we found out about Scott Disick dating 19-year-old Sofia Richie we have been dying to hear what the teen's famous father, Lionel Richie, thinks of the relationship.

Related: Scott Disick And Sofia Spotted Getting Hot & Heavy At Beach In Mexico!

When UsWeekly caught up with the new American Idol host, they asked if the news of his daughter dating a 34-year-old father of three (whose job is basically attending parties) shocked him.

Hilariously, the Hello singer said:

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New American Idol Judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, & Luke Bryan Discuss The Show's Revival & Las Vegas Shooting On GMA

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It's not all fun and music for the judges of the new American Idol.

That's one thing that was made clear when Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan assembled together for their first interview on Good Morning America.

On Wednesday, the judges — or, "the dream team" as Katy put it — were brought out on the ABC morning show where they revealed just how much work it takes for an aspiring singer to become America's next superstar.

The interview then took a serious turn as the trio addressed the harrowing mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday, and spoke on where they believe America should go from here.

Video: Katy Addresses Vegas Massacre In Concert

Richie said he worries about fans' live music experiences being taken away by fear of violence, while Bryan admitted to feeling "nauseated" for the horrors that his dear friend Jason Aldean saw that night.

But Perry was a bit more outspoken, saying that while she prays everyday, "prayer without action is powerless." In addition to sending thoughts and prayers, the pop star said we as a society "need to take an unfortunate good, hard look at what our rules and our boundaries are with gun reform."

Looks like these judges are already copacetic. Ch-ch-check out their first interview (below).

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Haley Reinhart Performs 'Let's Start' LIVE!

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Bonus song! Twice as nice!

Love Haley Reinhart! Love her new album!

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