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29Jul
2010
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Shocker! Ellen Quits American Idol!!!!!!!

Ellen Degeneres. File Photo
Ellen Degeneres. File Photo

Ellen Degeneres. File Photo

This was rumor as of yesterday as Ellen was under contract for 5 years and would have to quit if Nigel Lithgow, the producer of American Idol, who has returned to the show, was going to make changes to Idol.

So in a Tweet, Ellen said

 "Dim the lights...I've voted myself off American Idol."

It followed with this released 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.
 
OK, did she REALLY quit Idol or was she forced out?  We hear Randy Jackson is next and Kira DioGuardi is gone already.
Nigel Lithgow will be replacing Simon Cowell and we hear Jessica Simpson will be announced as a judge along with Nigel on Monday.
What we do not know now is if they will have 3 judges or 4.
Chris Isaak has expressed interest in the gig but Harry Connick Jr. is passing. 
With Ellen gone and Simon gone, is Idol over for you?-Dr.FB
Comments (5)
  1. I got used to Randy and Paula and believed they did the show justice; now Simon, took a lot of getting used to and felt he intentionally tried to stress these poor kids immensely. When Ellen came, Kira came I felt neither fit solo but together with the other panel they did a farely decent job, Ellen poor thing seemed way out of her league. Now Jessica S. or Chris I. I am not seeing either of them bringing in much. Once Randy, Paula and Simon they actually fit. With always another to balance out Simon’s ill or rude behavior. I am not sure I like Mr. Facelift litgow. He used to be a fair man now he seems a little to caught up in his own drama to be a fair judge of anyone else. But what do I know the producers will do whatever Simon says.

  2. I watched some of last season with Ellen and I thought it was refreshing to see a new face and hear a different point of view.

    With Randy, Kira and Simon leaving I won’t watch any of em, not even the auditions, which were always a trip to watch. I like Nigel because I watch “SYTYCD” but, it wouldn’t be the same and I’m just a casual viewer …

  3. hmmmmm….Jessica Simpson? Chris Isaak? this is starting to look more and more like a panel of has-beens……….I mean, had you ever heard of Simon or Randy before A.I.? And Paula was already a has-been……….Ellen made the right move and I bet she hated that show since it is more about recording contracts than real talent…….makes u wonder why Prince ever per4med on that show

  4. Sorry choice typo

  5. After Paula left. AI was never the same to me. Now that Simon is gone it will never ever be the same. As much as I like Ellen I never liked her on the show. So I think she made a wise chose…


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