Kara DioGuardi is the latest fatality in Fox's campaign to rebuild its badly damaged "American Idol" franchise.
The network announced Friday night that DioGuardi is out as a judge on the reality competition series that dominated prime time until its crackup last year without Paula Abdul.
"I felt like I won the lottery when I joined Anerican idol two years ago, but I feel like now is the best time to leave Idol," said DioGuardi in statement released by the network.
"I am very proud to have been associated with American Idol – 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!"
Here is the the release from Fox. DioGuardi had been with the show for two seasons.
Don't you love these phony accolades after she's been shown the door? Only in Hollywood, darling.
And talk about trying to bury bad corporate news with a release late in the day at the end of the work week, Fox sent this one out at 8:10 p.m. (EST) on the Friday of a holiday weekend.
Jennifer Lopez is expected to replace her with an announcement possible this weekend.