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Is Kara DioGuardi in or out at American Idol? According to her dad, Joe DioGuardi, even Kara doesn't know whether she'll be returning to the singing competition series.

"Would you believe that she did not hear — and still has not heard — anything?" the former congressman, who's seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, told the Albany, N.Y., TV show Capital Tonight. "She read it the way you did and I did. Her disappointment is that that's the way she's being treated and she feels that's not proper."

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Following Ellen DeGeneres' sudden exit after one season, reports surfaced that DioGuardi was fired after two seasons. The series, which is about to enter its 10th season, recently welcomed back former executive producer Nigel Lythgoe. Lythgoe is tasked with filling the vacancies at the judges table left by DeGeneres and Simon Cowell (rumored replacements include Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler).

Joe DioGuardi, 69, said he believes his daughter, 39, will be fine whether or not she resumes her Idol duties.

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 "Would she want to do it another year? I think so.  But she just got married and she'd like to have a family so maybe this is a good opening for her too," he said. "I think she will, at some point, confront them on that."

Check out Joe DioGuardi's interview: