Kara DioGuardi Officially Exits American Idol

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Following weeks of speculation, Kara DioGuardi has officially left American Idol.

Friends say the singer/songwriter expressed frustration with her status last month, as all signs pointed to Fox pushing her aside in favor of Stephen Tyler and/or Jennifer Lopez, but no announcement had been made. Until now.

In a statement, DioGuardi showed gratitude for the two years she spent as a judge.

"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,'" she said. "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!"

Lopez is reportedly near a deal to join the show, while sources confirm Tyler is already signed.

Will you miss Kara as a judge?

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