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Mary Murphy leaves 'So You Think You Can Dance'

Mary Murphy, a judge on the TV program

Mary Murphy, a judge on the TV program "So You Think You Can Dance" poses for photos, Wednesday, July 23, 2008 in New York. Photo Credit: AP / Jeff Christensen

Choreographer Mary Murphy, a judge for 11 seasons of the Fox competition "So You Think You Can Dance," announced Monday that she is leaving the show.

"I'm saddened, of course, to be released from my contract," Murphy, who is in her mid-50s, said in a statement. "I'm very grateful and proud to have been part of such an extraordinary television show . . . I'm sure there wasn't a person watching that didn't know I loved what I did."

"Mary has been a huge part of 'So You Think You Can Dance,' from mentoring the dancers as a choreographer to inspiring fans as a judge," Fox added in a statement. "She will always be part of our 'Dance' family and we wish her continued success."

Murphy thanked the crew and producers, singling out James Breen, Jeff Thacker and producer and fellow judge Nigel Lythgoe.

Paula Abdul is in talks to succeed her, reported Deadline.com.

The show's 12th season is scheduled to premiere May 28.

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