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Ellen DeGeneres Talks About Leaving ‘American Idol’

Ellen DeGeneres has announced she is leaving “American Idol” after being on the judges panel for season nine.

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Ellen DeGeneres, 'American Idol'

Her statement about leaving the show was posted on “American Idol’s” official web site:

“A couple months ago, I let FOX and the American Idol producers know that this didn’t feel like the right fit for me,” said Ellen. “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.”

To read the full report from “American Idol” on Ellen’s departure, click here.

So who will replace Ellen DeGeneres in the upcoming 10th season of “American Idol?”  And what other judge is also reportedly leaving? 

Click here to read more about who’s in and who’s out on the “American Idol” judges panel.

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