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Ellen DeGeneres Leaves American Idol

Ellen DeGeneres Leaves American Idol

Ellen DeGeneres will not return to the judging panel on American Idol for the show’s upcoming season.

Here’s what the 52-year-old entertainer had to say in a statement:

“A couple months ago, I let FOX and the American Idol producers know that this didn’t feel like the right fit for me. I told them I wouldn’t leave them in a bind and that I would hold off on doing anything until they were able to figure out where they wanted to take the panel next. It was a difficult decision to make, but my work schedule became more than I bargained for.”

“I also realized this season that while I love discovering, supporting and nurturing young talent, it was hard for me to judge people and sometimes hurt their feelings. I loved the experience working on Idol and I am very grateful for the year I had, I am a huge fan of the show and will continue to be.”

Idol is said to be undergoing a major shakeup after Simon Cowell‘s departure. Justin Timberlake, Jessica Simpson and Elton John have all been rumored to be a part of the show’s tenth season.

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  • taiwan

    I liked her. Best of Luck, Ellen.

  • fertilizer

    Idol jumped the shark years ago, has since been chomped,swallowed,digested and made into idolfeces

  • Lane

    Idol is a terrible show, but she had no business being a judge

  • Max

    american idol has doomed. no one will watch it anymore. last season is terrible

  • Alaia

    Horrible show. Now the judging panel is a mess, I can’t wait for the cancellation.

  • t

    She’s one of my favorite people and I love her show, but I didn’t like her on idol at all.

  • http://twitter.com/JOHARH JOHARH

    she wasn’t that good at idol love her tho !

  • Tori

    Who cares She was a Bore anyways Tbh,American idol should’ve been cancelled years ago.

  • Lori

    She left for fear she would be stuck on the same panel as Messica Simpson , Glambert , or some other no-talent . Good Move

  • I n F a m o u s l y C o o l

    …ahahahahaha.. this show’s going nowhere fast. this show peaked with adam lambert and it’s been a major fail every since.

  • Akiko

    Best decision. She wasn’t a good fit for this show at all. I love her stand up, but this wasn’t for her.

  • CASSIE

    PLEASE, PLEASE, BRING PAULA BACK. . GET RID OF THAT DIGUARDIA SP? PERSON. –PAULA , ELTON AND RANDY, WOULD MAKE A TERRFIC GROUP OF JUDGES.

  • Not Impressed by AJ

    @I n F a m o u s l y C o o l:

    Still as retarded as ever, I see. Adam is laughing all the way to the bank, and you are sitting on your fat ass hating him.

  • yay

    Thank goodness. She was the odd person out. They should also not get any singer/artist as a judge. Let them do the mentor stuff. The judge should be someone in the business who can make deals and has a history of being a starmaker.

    I wonder if Ellen will still keep her record label going.

  • Priscilla

    Last year was terrible and even Simon still a judge could not save it. I didn’t watch past the audition rounds and could not tell you who ever won. The contestants were awful. Ellen is just abandoning a sinking ship.

  • eric

    gosh they just need to cancel this show, i watched the first couple of seasons and then just stoped because american idol is overrated

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  • dan7

    wats up

  • Jennifer

    Initially, I was looking forward to Ellen being on Idol because I’m a big fan, but it was clear from the beginning that she really had no business being on there. She was funny, but you could tell that she really had no idea on what to say to the contestants.

    I’m really starting to dread next season, especially after the mess this past season was and because they’re actually considering Jessica Simpson. It’s almost like their grasping at straws now.

  • xXxSOPHIEEE

    NOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :( I LOVE YOU ELLEN!!!!!!!!! CRY*

  • Ai

    She was never a good fit , they need to bring paula back, they need to get raid of Kara too ,she is so annoying. They should bring Jessica on ,she knows how to sing at least and she is funny.

  • sam

    Heard jennifer lopez will be taking Ellen’s place. Final nail in the coffin.

  • nakedoldjennifer

    I like Ellen but never as a judge on idol
    the show needs all new judges – complete over haul

  • lennu

    This show will never be the same with Simon Cowell and nobody can replace him,they should give it up now with dignity because its going bomb soon anyway

  • siennagold

    With Simon Cowell gone, it’s all downhill with AI despite getting Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. I give this show 2 more seasons.

  • jenn

    Smart move – that show is going so downhill…next season will be itnersting though without Simon.

    But it makes sense it wasnt a good fit! She has NO musical background so why was she judging singers?

  • stay bitter

    @Lori: LMFAO at no-talent LMFAO

  • rossy40

    Sometimes it comes down to 1 simple thing – compatibility. She didn’t fit the style of AI & always looked so uncomfortable. Paula & Simon did. No one I know is going to watch now that both are gone.
    -
    Ellen is great on her show because it’s tailor-made FOR her – her style & personality… No one does it like Ellen.
    -
    Just one question to those saying “she has no musical background” & therefore should never have been a judge… Isn’t the winner (& those getting booted weekly) chosen by VIEWER votes? What qualifications in music do they have? Is the audience of voters record execs, producers, etc.? I doubt it. Most of the winners were chosen for reasons other than talent.
    -
    Hell, I’ve NEVER been able to watch every show except for the finale, & except for 2-3 winners who were spot-on I’ve found myself liking the runners-up so much better.

  • http://twitter.com/cherrimouth cherrimouth

    @Not Impressed by AJ I think you replied to the wrong person…

  • http://www.badtvblog.com Clinto

    The season was a mess because it’s been going on for too long and there weren’t any jaw dropping contestants. Ellen was funny for the record.

  • cf

    I think she tried to beat them to the punch and resign. With all the talk of celebrities being possible judge contenders and all, she probably didn’t want to wait for that call.

    Her judging in Idol was was of the most uncomfortable things to watch. I can’t believe they didn’t fire her immediately!

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