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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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31.

Anon E Mouse    

She sucked and the show sucks now, so goodbye.

1454 days ago
32.

Truth    

THE BITCH HAD A CONTRACT AND THAT CONTRACT WAS FINISHED AFTER LAST SEASON. THE PRODUCTION COMPANY JUST DIDNT RENEW IT. THAT'S NOT THE EXACT DEFINITION OF BEING "FIRED". NO DIFFERENT THAN IF YOU HAD A CONTRACT TO WORK AT A COMPANY AND YOUR CONTRACT ENDED. THE FIRM DOESNT HAVE TO RENEW IT, DO THEY? THAT'S NOT FIRED. FIRED IS WHEN YOU'RE STILL UNDER EMPLOYMENT/CONTRACT AND YOU'RE LET GO WITH JUST CAUSE OR A BIG PAYOUT. KNOWING IDOL IS GONNA END IN THE CRAPPER, I'D TAKE THE BIG PAYOUT. END OF STORY.

1454 days ago
33.

Mondia    

Boycott Jennifer Lopez

www.jlodown.com

1454 days ago
34.

nobleday    

Kara seems like a nice person who was in an impossible position. I never understood why she was ever hired in the first place.

The original three judges with Paula were perfect. The weirdness started when Kara was brought on. What were the AI decision-makers behind the scenes thinking?

If you have a hit, why in the world would you ever want to mess with something that works? The show without Paula was just not the same. Paula was just as important to Idol as Simon, Ryan, and Randy.

Even the finalists and winners weren't the same quality as who came through with the original three judges. The more recent winners are so forgettable. Messing with a winning formula isn't a good idea...and here's another example!

1454 days ago
35.

Thomas Troupe     

I think Kara did a good job! I liked her. I think she's a beautiful person. It's too bad about all the original judges gone, except Randy. It will be interesting to see if the show is still going to be a hit? Farewell Kara, God bless you and the people you love. :)

1454 days ago
36.

sarah    

Steven Tyler & J Lo? The Old and the Buttiful...
Battle of the Nitwit Egos..

1454 days ago
37.

mindie    

Idol is going to fall. With Lopez, they're scraping the bottom of the barrel to try to keep this sinker of a show afloat.

1454 days ago
38.

steve    

I agree Kara. Leave now, the show isnt going to last but maybe two more seasons, and who wants to be on a sinking ship. Most people will tune into Simon's new show anyway.

1454 days ago
39.

MIDNIGHT TOKER    

whats left for her? porn

1454 days ago
40.

Nan    

j lo ....Umm guess I won't be watching anymore. She's overrated and I've never been a fan of her. Not too sure why they would choose her to be a judge??? Anyway with Simon gone the show will die a slow death.

1454 days ago
41.

britt    

Idol blew it big time when they added Kara in the first place. They only did it to try and make Paula sign a multi year contract Knowing that Simon was going to leave at the end of his. They didn't think that Paula would just quit when she wasn't offered a 1 year contract to finish up with Simon. Idol should have just allowed last year to be the end. Instead the messed with what worked and now the show is just crap.
Kara sucked from the beginning.

1454 days ago
42.

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1454 days ago
43.

lee    

NEVER LIKED KARA. She hogged the comments and ruined the chemistry between the 3 original judges. She was not an asset to the show. Just the opposite. I wish they'd also replaced Randy. Wish they were getting Harry Connick Jr as he tells it like it is. J Lo? Hmmmm. Not sure about her as a judge either. Also liked Katy Perry last year when she told the contestant this wasn't a Lifetime movie but a singing contest. :-) AI fan. Looking forward to the new season.

1454 days ago
44.

Mary    

Kara talked the talk, and walked the walk!!! She had the street cred to critique the "singers"! I hate to see her go!!!

Idol's demise began when Paula left, and now with Simon leaving, that's the last nail in AI's coffin!!! R.I.P. Idol :((

1454 days ago
45.

steve    

No TO Jennifer Lopez!!!!she's not fit to sit as one of the judges co'z she herself is a lousy artist.....

1454 days ago
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