By Aly Semigran
November 01, 2011 at 06:10 PM EDT
Andrew Eccles

It takes a certain type of person to be a reality competition judge. You have to be willing to say exactly what’s on your mind, you have to accept that the contestants and their fans will likely hate your guts at one point or another, and if you’re on The Voice, you have to be able to put up with motion sickness. (Stop. Spinning.) Ellen DeGeneres found out the hard way that she was not cut out for the reality judge lifestyle after her one-season stint on American Idol.

The daytime talk show host recently talked to Parade magazine about her short time on Idol and what ultimately prompted her exit from the show last year. “It was hard for me to judge people [on Idol] and sometimes hurt their feelings,” said DeGeneres, who more or less took the anti-Simon Cowell approach to Idol judging.

But, in more juicy news, DeGeneres, who said she prefers to be around “kind, gentle people,” found herself feeling hurt by how some of Idol‘s season 9’s contestants handled their new found fame. She explained, “It was disappointing to hear things about the kids, the drama going on. Some of them are not as grateful as you would expect. All of a sudden they have fan mail, millions of people saying they’re great, and some of them just stop appreciating it.” PopWatchers, start your speculating…. now!

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