Ellen DeGeneres won’t be returning to “American Idol” next season.
DeGeneres’ exit is part of the massive “Idol” overhaul currently underway, as Fox and producers FremantleMedia and 19 Ent. look to reboot the popular brand.
DeGeneres said she told Fox and the “Idol” producers months ago that she wasn’t comfortable with returning for a second go-round on the show.
“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,” DeGeneres said. “ It was a difficult decision to make, but my work schedule became more than I bargained for.”
The departure is said to be mutual, as DeGeneres opts to devote her attention to her popular daytime “Ellen DeGeneres Show” -- which is now on track to fill the syndicated talk show void left by the departure next year of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
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