Idol 10: Ellen DeGeneres quit

Ellen DeGeneres announced yesterday that she’s ‘voted herself off American Idol’:

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.


Ryan tweeted that he’d spoken with Ellen tonight and he’ll miss her on Idol. He added that she’s one of the most talented people in Hollywood.

@JLo is one of the names a lot of people are throwing around as a possible replacement, with Steven Tyler being talked about for the seat vacated by Simon. There have been rumours recently that the whole panel would be replaced, but I hope Randy stays to give it some continuity. The only thing that seems sure is that Ryan’s going to have an interesting season working out how to play with the new kids.

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