Kara DioGuardi Exits American Idol: "Now is the Best Time to Leave"


After spending two seasons as one of reality TV's most picked-on judges, Kara DioGuardi is exiting American Idol.


Fox and DioGuardi made the news official Friday following weeks of widespread speculation that her time on the show had run out.


"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 said in a statement. "I am very proud to have been associated with [the show] - it has truly been an amazing experience. I am grateful to Fox, FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment, as well as the cast, crew and contestants, for all they have given to me. I look forward to my next challenge, and want to thank everyone who has supported me. All the best to everyone on Season 10!"


Her departure comes weeks after Ellen DeGeneres called it quits, and amid other big creative changes to Idol.


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