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Ellen DeGeneres

Votes Herself Off 'American Idol'

7/29/2010 9:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

It's one and done for Ellen DeGeneres -- she's leaving "American Idol" after her first season as a judge on the show ... claiming it wasn't the "right fit."

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Ellen just tweeted, "Dim the lights ... I've voted myself off American Idol."

Ellen claims she came to her decision, "a couple months ago" -- and admits, "It was hard for me to judge people and sometimes hurt their feelings."

She concludes, "I am very grateful for the year I had. I am a huge fan of the show and will continue to be."

UPDATE: TMZ has confirmed reports that "Idol" is tapping Jennifer Lopez. We're told the ink may not be dry on the deal yet, but J.Lo is definitely the pick ... and the deal is all tied to Ellen's departure.

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awards    

More Les commitment issues!

1461 days ago
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Janet    

I'm really sad to hear that! She was such a great asset to American Idol! : (

1461 days ago
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TJ    

not loving the anti-gay comments here. what gives? victorpark and ronburgandy have a crush on Simon?

1461 days ago
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Broeheem    

Of course she quit... nobody told her that there would be MANS around the studio ("Mans.... yuck"). Oh, and Ellen.... you're like 40 years too old to be "tweeting". Act your age, even if you can't act your gender.

1461 days ago
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Carl    

This comes across to me as the producers actually are going to scrap the whole panel and start over.

1461 days ago
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Abe    

Thank the Lord.

My prayers have been answered.

This unfunny, untalented, stale woman is leaving Idol.

Now if only they'll get rid of the dumb dawg Randy Jackson maybe the show has a chance of survival.

Oh, and by the way, Broeheem, Ellen was FIRED.

x

1461 days ago
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TJ    

Ellen.... you're like 40 years too old to be "tweeting". Act your age, even if you can't act your gender.

WOULDN'T THAT MEAN STEVE JOBS IS TOO OLD TO USE AN iPHONE? SUCH AN ODD COMMENT....

1461 days ago
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CJ    

Ellen is an extremely media savvy entertainer and has been around the block a time or two. She sees the writing on the wall. When she signed on, it was with the understanding/assumption that Simon Cowell would be there. Now that he's leaving, there'll be a completely different dynamic. AI is on life support and needs a complete overhaul.

Ellen has an extremely successful day job so why would she stick around just to be axed in a year or to go down with the ship. She's no dummy.

Hopefully, Nigel Lithgowe will do a complete overhaul and get AI back on the tracks.

1461 days ago
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HarlotO'Hara    

i agree with her...it wasn't the right fit.

1461 days ago
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Wardman3    

Watch... Randy and Kara are next. Nigel Lythgoe has made it quite clear he would like a new panel. With Simon gone, he as nothing to lose.

1461 days ago
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JANDEAN61    

can i say homo ?

1461 days ago
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jb    

American Idol just lost over 100 lbs of dead weight! Ellen can go back now to devoting herself wholly to that terrible "Ellen" show, and we, if we can EVEN STOMACH another season of American Idol, can be assured that A.I. will find yet another circus clown with no music credentials to take her place. Can anyone say "Jessica Simpson?"

1461 days ago
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deb    

now if they can get that ******* Kara to vote herself off, we're getting somwhere.

1461 days ago
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Abe    

To #20 Jandean61:

If you were a lesbian, you'd be eating a WOMANGO.

1461 days ago
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taljel    

WHEW glad to hear that maybe I will watch it again. Def. not a good fit never have liked her for obvious reasons

1461 days ago
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