"That was part of [what was discussed] when I came in because we all had suspicion that Simon might leave," DeGeneres told TV Guide.
"Nobody knew for sure, but we made sure that I'd have a big [say], because that's important to me."
Speculation as to who will replace Cowell has been a hot topic since his impending departure was announced, and it was reported last month that American Idolhad approached shock jock Howard Stern after hearing his repeated on-air mentions that he's "open to other offers" once his Sirius XM Radio deal expires next year.
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