"Spoke with Ellen DeGeneres tonight. I will miss her on 'Idol,'" he Twittered Thursday. "She's one of the kindest and most talented people in Hollywood!"
Simon Cowell made a similar comment. "As I got to know Ellen, I grew to really, really like her," Cowell said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter. "I have huge respect for her because she's always been in control of her own destiny."
Ellen announced yesterday that she's leaving Idol because of her "busy work schedule."
"It was a difficult decision to make, but my work schedule became more than I bargained for," she wrote. "I also realized this season that while I love discovering, supporting and nurturing young talent, it was hard for me to judge people and sometimes hurt their feelings. I loved the experience working on 'Idol' and I am very grateful for the year I had. I am a huge fan of the show and will continue to be."
Jennifer Lopez has already been confirmed as a new judge and Steven Tyler is being considered to replace Simon. How do you feel about all the changes?