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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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