LOS ANGELES -- Ellen DeGeneres is leaving "American Idol" after one season as a judge for the hit Fox TV singing contest. There are also rumors that Jennifer Lopez may be joining the show.
A person close to the show says DeGeneres won't return for the
10th season, which gives "American Idol" two vacancies on its
Fox has yet to announce a replacement for Simon
Cowell, who left at the end of last season to start a new talent
show for the network.
The person, who lacked authority to comment publicly on
DeGeneres, spoke on condition of anonymity.
With "American Idol" facing ratings erosion, the comedian-talk
show host's exit gives Fox the chance to make a fresh start with a
revamped judging panel.
There were reports Friday that Jennifer Lopez was poised to fill one of the show's vacancies.
An anonymous source said the singer-dancer-actor was close to signing the deal to join the show as a judge.
'American Idol' returns in January.
Sources: Ellen DeGeneres Leaving, Jennifer Lopez Joining "Idol"
Jennifer Lopez is rumored to be filling one of the show's vacancies.
Jennifer Lopez and Ellen Degeneres (Getty Images)
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