Ellen leaves Idol

By | Published on Friday 30 July 2010

Ellen DeGeneres is quitting ‘American Idol’ after just one season as a judge on the US musical talent show.

DeGeneres, who replaced original lady judge Paula Abdul on the programme, wrote on her website yesterday: “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 realised 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”.

Various execs linked to the show, including Exec Producer Simon Fuller, issued statements saying just how ruddy wonderful it had been having DeGeneres on the programme, though didn’t comment on who might replace her. ‘Idol’ bosses are already looking for a replacement for Simon Cowell, who will leave the franchise after its current season to concentrate on the US launch of ‘X-Factor’.