Ellen DeGeneres Leaving AMERICAN IDOL : Give Me My Remote


July 29, 2010 by  

It has just been announced that Ellen DeGeneres won’t be returning to AMERICAN IDOL for a second season.

This surprising news comes on the heels of recent reports of a shake-up at IDOL.

In a statement from DeGeneres, she says: “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 realized 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.”

Fox and IDOL execs supported Ellen’s decision through effusive statements praising the humor and warmth she brought to the show.

With the departure of Simon Cowell, IDOL is at a bit of a crossroads. Declining ratings and an increasingly stale format meant something had to give. Maybe that something was Ellen. But don’t expect her absence to be the only change. It was announced this week that the show’s original co-creator, Nigel Lythgoe, will be returning to IDOL as an executive producer in an attempt to get things back on track.

Randy Jackson reportedly has one more year left on his contract, but Kara…not so much.

Will IDOL clean house and find new judges? While I think some fresh critiques could benefit the show, I think there are other areas of concern. IDOL has become increasingly dated. If nothing else, look at the finale which featured the Bee Gees, Michael McDonald and Chicago. Oy!

What do you think of Ellen’s departure? Will you miss her? Would you like to see Randy and Kara back or would the show be better without them? Weigh in below.

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One Response to “BREAKING NEWS! Ellen DeGeneres Leaving AMERICAN IDOL”

  1. Alison on July 30th, 2010 8:43 am

    Ellen basically added nothing to the show, so its not a big loss. I really wish Randy would leave.