Ellen Degeneres, this years newest judge on American Idol - just announced that she's leaving the show!
Here's what she had to say on her website:
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.
Although we'll miss you Ellen at least you had the common sense to say, hey this isn't for me - atta girl! I guess it's kind hard to be an asshole...that must be why Simon relishes his job!
So I wonder who's going to replace her...Dame Elton John?