DeGeneres leav­ing ‘idol’ judg­ing panel

Austin American-Statesman - - FRIDAYBRIEFING - — Dale Roe

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.

Ellen DeGeneres

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