BREAKING NEWS: Ellen DeGeneres Announces She Is Leaving ‘American Idol’ – News – Yahoo! TV
After only one year behind the judges’ table on “American Idol,” Ellen DeGeneres is leaving the show.
“A couple months ago, I let FOX and the ‘American Idol’ producers know that this didn’t feel like the right fit for me,” Ellen said in a statement issued to Access Hollywood on Thursday. “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.”
The talk show host and comedienne revealed that she didn’t come to the decision lightly.
“It was a difficult decision to make, but my work schedule became more than I bargained for,” her statement continued. “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.”
Although she is leaving, Ellen said she is thankful for the experience.
“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,” her statement concluded.
Ellen’s announcement comes just two days after a report in The Hollywood Reporter surfaced suggesting that original “American Idol” executive producer, and current “So You Think You Can Dance” judge and executive producer, Nigel Lythgoe, was being coaxed back to the FOX juggernaut, two years after he left the fold.