Ellen DeGeneres Quits American Idol

July 30, 2010
Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres quits American Idol as judge after just one season, American Idol Season 9. Ellen DeGeneres said in a statement that her job as judge “didn’t feel like the right fit for me” and “It was a difficult decision to make, but my work schedule became more than I bargained for.” Ellen DeGeneres, host of talk show, “Ellen,” already informed Fox, the network which broadcasts American Idol of her decision to quit American Idol. Ellen DeGeneres is the second judge to leave Idol this year after the exit of Simon Cowell in May. Simon Cowell’s replacement has not yet been announced.

Fox meanwhile, issued this statement about Ellen quitting American Idol: “We love Ellen and understand and support her decision to bow out of Idol. We were fortunate to receive the humor, energy and love for talent that she brought to the show.”

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