Idol's Ryan Seacrest: I'll Miss Ellen DeGeneres

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DeGeneres is out on Idol -- and that makes host Ryan Seacrest sad.

"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!"

DeGeneres, 52, who also hosts a daytime talk show, announced Thursday that she is leaving the show after just one season because "my work schedule became more than I bargained for."

A source tells, "Ellen definitely quit. She wasn't pushed at all. She knew she couldn't fit. Ellen wanted out for a while."

Seacrest, 35, may soon get some new pals: A source tells Us that Jennifer Lopez has signed on as a new judge next season, and it is likely that Aerosmith Steven Tyler will join as well.