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‘American Idol’: Kara is reportedly out

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The musical chairs at the judges’ table of ‘American Idol’ continued, as reports circulated Friday morning that Kara DioGuardi had been fired from the hit series.

TMZ reported that the songwriter-judge has been let go. That follows Thursday’s announcement from Fox that Ellen DeGeneres, who appeared for only a single season, has also departed the program. Meanwhile, Deadline.com identified actress-singer Jennifer Lopez as a judge when the show returns for its 10th season next year.

The reshuffling is far from over as the network scrambles to replace star judge Simon Cowell, who left the show in May amid great fanfare. Of the judges from last season, only Randy Jackson remains a judge on what is still America’s most popular television series.

Executives for Fox and the series could not be immediately reached for comment.

[Updated 9:18 a.m.: A Fox spokeswoman said the network would not comment on TMZ’s report.]

-- Greg Braxton

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