With her talk show and multiple endorsement deals, Ellen DeGeneres may have a full plate, but a slight push from wife Portia de Rossi was all it took to get the comedienne onto the 'American Idol' stage. "I was like, 'Honey, that's it. Go get another job,'" de Rossi jokes.

In an interview with PEOPLE, de Rossi expressed her relief over not having her wife's job. "It's hard, especially when the contestants don't do that well because I know that she will be struggling to think of something positive to say to them... If I was up there, looking into the eyes of those young kids, I would probably be a pushover. I would be like a water-downed version of Paula [Abdul]. All I would be doing is applauding and telling them that they were magnificent all of the time."