Both Randy and Simon are record producers. Randy also is a professional musician himself. Simon is actually one of the more successful record company execs out there right now.They are? Could have fooled me. What are they? I could have sworn I have seen that fat dude hawking something in ads, maybe he is the next Ed McMahon? The next Billy (whatever that dude's name was that screamed out the ads)? Pandering anything and everything?
Paula was a washed-up, has-been cheerleader, dancer and choreographer. Her only production credits were for an exercise video, and for a reality show about her. She's never been in the position Ellen is in, for example, producing a highly-rated and highly-regarded television program that routinely showcases musical acts.
The only significant "shock value" That this announcement carries with it is for folks who are homophobic. Ellen is actually a mollifying entity. Simon is far more "shocking". If Fox wanted "shock value", then they'd have chosen someone like Rosie O'Donnell (as you alluded to). Ellen is practically the anti-Rosie.Hey, we are talking FOX, where shock value is favored over anything else.