Fox Execs Say They Could Not Sway Ellen DeGeneres to Stay on American Idol
Wed, 04 Aug 2010 15:41:37
Fox execs are saying that former judge Ellen DeGeneres could not be swayed to remain on the judging panel of American Idol, despite their best efforts. They contend that DeGeneres left of her own accord. The exit of DeGeneres, who said she felt like she could not be critical enough of contestants and found the workload to be overwhelming for her, left another vacancy at the judge's table that has lead to a frenzy of rumors over who will replace her and when. It also generated stories that Kara DioGuardi would be booted in favor of returning to a three-judge panel.
Do you think DeGeneres really left because she wanted to or is this spin created by the series' PR department, since Ellen is so popular and she did not help to boost the series ratings?