Ellen DeGeneres announces split from American Idol

If you were getting used to seeing Ellen DeGeneres at the judge’s table on American Idol, then you can forget about it. After rumors that she was squabbling with Simon Cowell, he announced that he was leaving to grow his new show X Factor. Now, Ellen has just announced that she’s also jumping ship.

She took to her official website to say this:

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.

I wonder who they’re going to get to fill two vacant judge’s seats? Any guesses?

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