Ellen Speaks Out on Simon's 'Idol' Exit

As American Idol fans digest the news that this will be Simon Cowell's final season on the Fox talent competition, new Idol judge Ellen DeGeneres says she's having a hard time with Cowell's decision, too.

"He announced he's leaving on my first day!" the Emmy-winning funny lady said at a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "I'm trying not to take it personally."

"But seriously, I am going to be very, very sad to see him go, because I think he's made the show what it is," she said. "He's a huge part of that show but he wanted a change."

Simon announced Monday that he will be saying goodbye to Idol after this season and moving on to bring the U.K. hit series X Factor to U.S. viewers on Fox.

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Will you tune in next year for an Idol without Paula and Simon? Chime in below!

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