DeGeneres leaving ‘idol’ judging panel
The Fox Network sent out a news flash Thursday that Ellen DeGeneres, “American Idol’s” new judge last season, 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,” DeGeneres said. “It was a difficult decision to make, but my work schedule became more than I bargained for.”
DeGeneres’ departure leaves a second hole in the judging panel; popular judge Simon Cowell announced earlier that he would be leaving at the end of this season to pursue another televised talent show, “The X Factor.”
No word yet on how Fox plans to replace half of its “Idol” judging panel.