By Michael Slezak
Updated July 30, 2010 at 02:19 PM EDT

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest and exiting judge Simon Cowell both reacted last night to Ellen DeGeneres’ decision to exit the show’s judging panel after just one season.

Seacrest expressed his feelings via Twitter: “Spoke with ellen d tonight aka @theellenshow‬‪. I will miss her on idol. She’s one of the kindest and most talented people in hollywood!”

Cowell gave his statement to The Hollywood Reporter, noting that, “As I got to know Ellen, I grew to really, really like her. I have huge respect for her because she’s always been in control of her own destiny.”

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