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Kara DioGuardi Exits American Idol -- OFFICIAL

Kara DioGuardi Exits American Idol -- OFFICIAL

Kara DioGuardi is stepping down as an American Idol judge.

“I felt like I won the lottery when I joined American Idol two years ago, but I feel like now is the best time to leave IDOL,” said Kara, 39. “I am very proud to have been associated with American Idol – it has truly been an amazing experience. I am grateful to FOX, FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment, as well as the cast, crew and contestants, for all they have given to me. I look forward to my next challenge, and want to thank everyone who has supported me. All the best to everyone on Season 10!”

Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are rumored to join the judges’ table.

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