After only judging for one season, Ellen DeGeneres announced that she will not be returning for season 10 of 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," Ellen says. "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."
Ellen says she plans on focusing on discovering and supporting new talent like Greyson Chance, who is the first person to be on Ellen's record label eleveneleven.
In other Idol news, it's also being reported that judge Kara DioGuardi was fired from the show and that Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler will be joining Randy Jackson next season on the judges panel.
Keep checking j14.com as this story develops.
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