Fox just announced that comedian, talk show host and now record label owner will not return as a judge for American Idol.
“A couple months ago, I let Fox and the American Idol producers know that this didn’t feel like the right fit for me,” DeGeneres said. “I told them I wouldn’t leave them in a bind and that I would hold off on doing anything until they were able to figure out where they wanted to take the panel next. It was a difficult decision to make, but my work schedule became more than I bargained for.”
She continued: “I also realized this season that while I love discovering, supporting and nurturing young talent, it was hard for me to judge people and sometimes hurt their feelings. I loved the experience working on IDOL and I am very grateful for the year I had. I am a huge fan of the show and will continue to be.”
A few months ago, the stand-up comedian announced she was starting a record label; her first signing was 12 year-old singer Greyson Chance.
Here’s our one line editorial on the situation: with your new free time, Ellen, focus on signing up and coming comedian talent to your label instead of obvious money-making machines in the form of floppy haired tweens. Yay!
If you want to see Ellen explaining her label, you’re in luck. Just look below.