Posted: 31 Jul 2010 12:38 AM PDT
Ellen DeGeneres has decided to bow out from her role as a judge on American Idol next season.Ellen served as a judge during the ninth season of Idol, the No. 1 hit series on television.
A couple months ago, I let FOX and the American Idol producers know that this didnt feel like the right fit for me, said Ellen. I told them I wouldnt 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.
We love Ellen and understand and support her decision to bow out of Idol, said Peter Rice, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Networks Group.We were fortunateto receive the humor, energy and love for talent that she brought to the show.
It was a joy to work with Ellen, added Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. She brought an incredible spirit to Idol and was a great new addition to the team.While were saddened by her decision, we are very appreciative that she gave us ample notice so that we could work through it together.
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