Jennifer Lopez to replace Ellen DeGeneres as Idol judge

Ellen DeGeneres has announced her resignation as an “American Idol” judge after signing a 5 year contract with its producers, this is the second consecutive... More Below... Posted by on Jul 30th, 2010 and filed under American Idol, Celebrity Gossip, Entertainment.

Ellen DeGeneres has announced her resignation as an “American Idol” judge after signing a 5 year contract with its producers, this is the second consecutive year an “Idol” judge has left the singing contest, DeGeneres was the third to go after Simon Cowell left after Season 9 and Paula Abdul a season earlier. Rumors also surface that Kara DioGuardi is also out.

“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.

“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,” the talk show host said.

Different sources also say that pop/actress is close to signing a contract or has, signed a contract to be an Idol judge. Steven Tyler is also rumored to replace Simon.