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Kara DioGuardi -- Fired From 'American Idol'

9/4/2010 7:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

FOX is finally telling people what TMZ told you five weeks ago -- Kara DioGuardi  has been fired from "American Idol" ... actually, FOX isn't using the word "fired," but that's exactly what happened.

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In a statement released by FOX, DioGuardi said, "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.'"

As we first reported, FOX decided long ago to 86 DioGuardi but kept her in the dark until recently.

As we reported yesterday, the last touches are being put on the Jennifer Lopez deal  ... it should be finalized next week.

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Abe    

Yup, it's a good time to leave Idol. Without Simon, it's going to go downhill into the crapper really fast.

You don't want to be on a drowning ship after it starts taking on water.

x

1478 days ago
2.

My two cents ;)    

I am not a fan of Kara. I was totally unimpressed when rather than be a judge and a mentor she began a stupid feud with "bikini girl" just seemed all so into herself. Good riddance. Paula should have NEVER have been let go! I told you so

1478 days ago
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SEER    

GLAD TO SEE HER GO. SHE WAS A LOUSY JUDGE AND ACTED LIKE SHE OWNED THE PLACE!

1478 days ago
4.

PatinNJ    

The only thing worthwhile that she added was the time that she showed off her bikini body.

1478 days ago
5.

supadupa    

See ya, sure like to be ya.

1478 days ago
6.

O'Brien    

Jennifer Lopez is an overrated HACK!!! Her and AI can eat it!!!

1478 days ago
7.

Lenn K.    

This was Simon's show, it's like Gunsmoke without Matt Dillion, Star Trek without Capt Kirk or All in the Family without Archie Bunker. This show is dead as a doornail.

1478 days ago
8.

pizza    

J Lo got Kara fired because Kara is as pretty and her butt is half the size.

1478 days ago
9.

marcia    

Can't say that I'm sad about it. I never got use to her and didn't like her all that much, especially after she tried to show up the bakini girl with her singing. It wasn't classy and totally unprofessional....good riddance.

1478 days ago
10.

Hollywood    

Kara's dad is a former congressman who is now running for the US Senate. The political skills were learned well as the bad news, which she knew was coming, is timed to hit the media at 8PM Friday on a long holiday weekend.

Politicians and smart businesses always release these kind of stories on Friday night as a news dump, so it will be forgotten by Monday. In this case, Tuesday.

Happy Labor Day!

1478 days ago
11.

jackie    

Good! Glad she is gone........

1478 days ago
12.

wasted days and wasted nights    

Idol is slowly going the way of the buffalo.

1478 days ago
13.

Professor Chaos    

Who cares. It's a dumb karaoke show.

1478 days ago
14.

Horndog    

Who?

1478 days ago
15.

alynn    

Kara is a talented singer and song writer. She did fine on AI; better than Randy!!! I liked Ellen for her sensitivity and comical remarks. Of course, Simon was the show!!!!!!!! I hope better days, however, not impressed with the new judges coming on board.

1478 days ago
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