American Idol 2010: Judges tell Larry King about practical jokes, low ratings and the departure of Simon Cowell (VIDEO)

The American Idol judges appeared on ‘Larry King Live’ last night and had a relaxed chat about season nine of the show.

Giggling like school children, Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell revealed that they often play practical jokes on each other, just as the show is about to air, causing Larry to exclaim:

‘You know you have a problem when Ellen DeGeneres represents normalcy’

On how she’s finding her first season as a judge Ellen admitted that she sometimes lies to spare the feelings of the contestants. She said:

‘It’s hard, it’s really hard. It’s easy to sit at home and have opinions but when those kids are waiting for you to tell them how they sounded and sometimes I hear myself go I liked it but inside I’m thinking “no you didn’t!” Sometimes you just want to boost them up and give them another shot.’

Ryan Seacrest then attempted to explain the falling ratings of the show by saying:

“I think we’re into our ninth season, I think that all TV is down a bit due to fragmentation and more choices than ever but at this phase of the show traditionally we take a little bit of a dip and then it eventually heads back up.”

Later in the interview King asked Cowell if it was going to be hard to leave Idol at the end of this season. He responded:

“No. No it’s not. “I’ve had nine years. Genuinely, I’ve had the best time of my life, and I’m very grateful and as you say, lucky. But you always know when it’s the right time to go. And I’ll look back and say we’ve had a great time. I always promised myself that I wanted to leave and be able to say that.”

He added:

“I’ll probably miss it at times, yeah, but you can’t keep doing the same thing year after year. You can’t.”

Watch part of the interview with the Idol judges in the video below.

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Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!