Jennifer Lopez is rumoured to be Ellen DeGeneres’  replacement in “American Idol”.  Lopez was close to signing a deal to join Fox TV’s hit singing contest, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press late Thursday.

DeGeneres, 52, the host of the daytime “Ellen DeGeneres Show,” said the added prime-time workload “became more than I bargained for.”

“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,” she said.

We’re sure MaLopez will do a sterling job.