Kara DioGuardi Out at "American Idol"
Tue, 07 Sep 2010 12:16:59
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Last Friday, on a holiday weekend, Fox buried the news that judge Kara DioGuardi would not be returning for the tenth season of American Idol. Rumors of DioGuardi's departure have been buzzing all summer, so this news should not surprise anyone at all. All statements released regarding the matter were not that informative about DioGuardi's dismissal from the show.
"I felt like I won the lottery when I joined American Idol two years ago, but I feel like now is the best time to leave Idol," DioGuardi said in a statement. "I am very proud to have been associated with American Idol – it has truly been an amazing experience. I am grateful to FOX, Fremantle Media and 19 Entertainment, as well as the cast, crew and contestants, for all they have given to me. I look forward to my next challenge, and want to thank everyone who has supported me. All the best to everyone on Season 10!"
Fox released a bunch of statements praising DioGuardi, who served as a judge on the show for two seasons. She follows Ellen DeGeneres and Simon Cowell out the show's door, with Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler as the folks being bandied about to replace them.
"Kara was a great addition to our Idol family," said Fox's alternative president Mike Darnell. "I've been fortunate to get to know her well, and have always been amazed by her eye for talent and her commitment to developing and mentoring artists. She will be missed, and we wish her continued success."
"Kara is one of the world's best songwriters," said series creator and executive producer Simon Fuller. "She has been passionate and committed to Idol over the last two seasons. I will miss having her on the show, but I look forward to working with her in music for many years to come."
Do you think DioGuardi was fired? Or did she leave of her own accord?