Television host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres has left the talent reality show American Idol officially. The host twitted:
“Dim the lights…I’ve voted myself off American Idol.”
According to DeGeneres:
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.
Are you surprised about the news? The talk show host replaced Paula Abdul as the judge of American Idol 9. After just one season stint on the reality show, she has decided to leave judging. So who’s going to replace her? Only Randy Jackson and Karla DioGuardi are left as the judges.
What do you think of Ellen DeGeneres leaving American Idol? Who do you think should be the new Idol judges?