September 3rd, 2010
10:12 PM ET

Kara DioGuardi leaves 'American Idol'

Songwriter Kara DioGuardi is stepping down from her role as a judge on "American Idol" after two seasons on the popular Fox talent contest, the network said in a statement Friday evening.

"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," DioGuardi was quoted as saying in the statement. "I am very proud to have been associated with American Idol - it has truly been an amazing experience."

The network did not provide a reason for DioGuardi's departure, which comes on the heels of comedian Ellen Degeneres' exit from the judging table. Simon Cowell, known as the show's harshest critic, also abandoned his judging post this year to take up the reins of his new show, “The X Factor.”

"Kara is one of the world's best songwriters," Idol creator and executive producer Simon Fuller. "She has been passionate and committed to Idol over the last two seasons. I will miss having her on the show, but I look forward to working with her in music for many years to come."'

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  1. nunu

    simon sucked, he was fake like the rest
    tellin bikini girl she could sing and
    jen hudson she wouldn't make it. i won't miss him or his ego.

    September 5, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ShellyG

    So glad that she left. I never liked her.

    September 6, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sheilan10

    During the last season, wasn't she all cozy with Cowell? Or was it just my imagination? Hmmmmm.............

    September 6, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. Liza

    Yes, Idol is sinking fast.........they should have kept just Randy, Paula, and Simon. Why throw away a winning formula?

    Oh well, X-Factor will start next year and Simon and Paula will be on the number ONE show again!!!!!

    September 6, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mike

    Lots of changes to American Idol. Change Change Change. Should we thank Obama?

    September 6, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      We should thank him for a lot of things, not least is dragging this country into the modern era where we look after our citizens like the rest of the civilized world. Mind you, we need to stop looking after those that aren't our citizens quite so much maybe?

      September 6, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. NM

    Wasn't she fired?

    September 6, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    Maybe she'll join Simon on his new show?

    September 6, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. svscnn

    Hmmm. Maybe I'll watch this season after all.

    September 8, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
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