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Seacrest talks about Ellen's "Idol" exit

The morning after Fox announced that Ellen DeGeneres was out as judge on "American Idol" (expected to be replaced by Jennifer Lopez), show host Ryan Seacrest was working like a little beaver on his nationally syndicated morning radio show to make sure everyone around the country knew Ellen made the decision to leave. Seriously, Seacrest wants you to know. It was her call. She made the decision. Herself. For real. He swears, it's true.

"Let's start with the big news that happened yesterday. Ellen DeGeneres announced that she was going to -- her tweet was actually pretty cute," Seacrest said with just the right note of condescension in his voice: "'Dim the lights...I've voted myself off 'American Idol.'"

To clear up any confusion, Seabiscuit stated, "Ellen has left the show," adding, helpfully, "She decided to leave herself."

To really drive the point home, Seacrest read Ellen's statement that Fox put out late Thursday, explaining that she went to the producers and told them it wasn't a good fit -- she wasn't comfortable criticizing contestants, and she needed to leave.

"I had the chance to speak to Ellen yesterday, last night actually, and we talked about basically what I just read, said it's all true," Seacrest emphasized, once more. "That's really the reason for it."

Then, after the show's break, Seacrest hammered it again, re-reading Ellen's statement to any listener who missed it the first time. It appears Seacrest hasn't gotten the memo yet that Simon Cowell is out and Steven Tyler is the current front runner to replace him. We expect Seacrest will break that bit of news on "On Air With Ryan Seacrest" -- just as soon as Fox announces it.

"We LOVE Ellen and will certainly miss her. That is the latest news," Seacrest said forlornly.

Then he got serious: " But you should know that exactly what you're reading and exactly what she said, that's why she did decide to leave "American Idol."

But in his Seacrestian way, he managed to get one dig in.

"It's not like she needs the work," he snickered to his co-hosts.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  July 30, 2010; 11:48 AM ET
Categories:  "American Idol"  
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Too Bad!! Ellen was the best thing about the show!!

Posted by: 10bestfan | July 30, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

Posted by: blove121 | July 30, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Internet rumors are floating around that Kara has been let go. I hope it's true. Wondering if that's part of why Lisa had to cancel today's chat.

Posted by: ArlingtonGay | July 30, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

They should get rid of Randy now too. And start with a whole new fresh slate.

But please, no Steven Tyler. Good lord....

Posted by: markiejoe | July 30, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

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