Kara DioGuardi Talks About Leaving American Idol

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Kara DioGuardi is stepping down from her role as a judge on American Idol. DioGuardi joined American Idol as a judge in the series' eighth season.

"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," said DioGuardi. "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!"

"Kara is one of the world's best songwriters," stated 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."

*FoxFlash