Singer/songwriter Kara DioGuardi has officially stepped down as a judge on hit TV talent show American Idol amid reports Jennifer Lopez is renegotiating a role on the series.
Talks with Lopez fell apart earlier this summer (10) after both Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres quit the show, but now insiders claim she's interested in joining Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler and longtime judge Randy Jackson on the panel.
In a statement released late on Friday (03Sep10), DioGuardi announced she would not be returning for the 10th season of the show.
She says, "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.
"I am very proud to have been associated with American Idol; it has truly been an amazing experience... I look forward to my next challenge, and want to thank everyone who has supported me. All the best to everyone on Season 10."
Paying tribute to DioGuardi, Idol creator Simon Fuller states, "Kara is one of the world’s best songwriters. 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."