Ellen DeGeneres announced she was quitting the hit reality television show American Idol on Thursday, July 29 and Kara DioGuardi has reportedly been fired from the show as of Friday, July 30.
Ellen DeGeneres, who spent one season on American Idol as a judge, announced yesterday that should would be returning for another season. In a statement she posted on her website she said, “It was a difficult decision to make, but my work schedule became more than I bargained for,” she wrote. “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.”
Ryan Seacrest expressed his feelings about her departure via Twitter saying, “”Spoke with ellen d tonight aka @theellenshow. I will miss her on Idol. She’s one of the kindest and most talented people in Hollywood.”
American Idol executive producer Simon Fuller also commented on Ellen DeGeneres’ decision.
“I loved Ellen’s passion for the artists and her nurturing skills,” Fuller said. “She brought honesty and optimism to our judging panel and I will miss her greatly.”
As of this morning, reports are saying that Kara DioGuardi, who has spent two seasons judging on the show, has been fired. Kara DioGuardi had a year-to-year contract, so it is rumored that American Idol will not be renewing her contract.
Simon Cowell, who spent 9 seasons on the show, left the show last season to focus on his own reality show, The X Factor. That makes Randy Jackson, who has judge all nine seasons of the show, the only judge left for the next season.
So who will replace Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres? It is rumored that American Idol will go back to a three-judge format that will consist of Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.
American Idol has not confirmed anything aside from Ellen’s exit from the show. Fox is expected to announce the new panel of judges on Monday at the Television Critics Association event.