American Idol: Ellen & Kara DioGuardi Out, Jennifer Lopez & Steven Tyler in

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Seems there is trouble in paradise over at American Idol.  Ellen DeGeneres has quit ‘American Idol’, while Kara DioGuardi has reportedly been fired. Ellen decided to quit her judging role after just one season because it wasn’t the “right fit” for her, while Kara is said to have been asked to leave as part of a shakeup of the programme following head judge Simon Cowell’s departure.

Explaining her departure in a statement, Ellen said: “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. 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.”

Meanwhile, gossip website TMZ reports that the show will return to having just three judges, with Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith star Steven Tyler favourites to join Randy Jackson. The website states: “Sources connected with the ‘American Idol’ negotiations tell TMZ Kara DioGuardi has judged her last contestant on ‘American Idol’ – because she’s been fired.   “We’re told the show will be going back to a three-judge format and assuming all deals are finalised, the judge’s panel will consist of Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. “We’re told the only way Kara could get a reprieve is if the J-Lo deal falls apart – but we’re told that deal is done.”

Singer-and-actress Jennifer has reportedly been in talks with show boss Simon Fuller for several weeks.   Looks like American Idol may have signed its own death warrent.  Last season Simon was the only interesting thing about the show. I love Ellen but clearly she was not a right fit for American Idol and firing Kara was not a loss. However, Jennifer Lopez ughhh what a bad choice. It was rumored for a while Brett Michaels was in the running and I think that would have been a better choice than Jennifer Lopez or Steven Tyler. Bye Bye American Idol, something tells me next season may be their last!