Nigel Lythgoe 'truly saddened' to leave 'Idol'
June 10th, 2013
04:26 PM ET

Nigel Lythgoe 'truly saddened' to leave 'Idol'

The exodus from "American Idol" isn't over yet.

Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, who's been with the series since its beginning, has been let go from the program, Lythgoe confirmed on Twitter and in a statement to CNN.

"I am truly saddened to be leaving a great team of friends and colleagues. However, at the end of the day, the most important thing is to maintain this incredible platform for America's young talent," Lythgoe said Monday. "This will only happen with the success of the program. If the executives that are now in charge of 'American Idol' believe that the ratings will improve with my departure, I have no complaints. It has been a great ride and I've loved every moment of it."

Lythgoe's remarks follow intense speculation last week that he, along with EP Ken Warwick, weren't going to return for the reality competition's 13th season.

"It has been a tremendous honor to launch and build 'American Idol' over the course of a decade," Lythgoe said. "After dedicating over 12 years to 'Idol,' I look forward to continuing work on my beloved 'So You Think You Can Dance,' which is going strong in its 10th season. In addition, this will allow me more time to devote to Nigel Lythgoe Productions and our exciting new partnership with Shine America.”

"Idol" isn't just bleeding producers, but judges as well. Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson have all left the program.


soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. mrskool

    IDOL is so lame – he's smart to leave the sinking ship ... especially if JLO returns – she is the worst judge possible !

    June 12, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Demons

    We are coming for you, SKY...and that's the TRUTH.

    June 12, 2013 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. SKY

    clete,:m.a.p. – THE DEMONS ARE AFRAID OF ME...I STAND FOR TRUTH...THEY LOVE VULGAR PEOPLE...
    YOU THEY LET THEM KNOW WITH MAGIC THEY EXIST...AM I RIGHT? SO LET ME TELL PEOPLE THE
    TRUTH AND HELP THEM TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES IN A GOOD WAY...

    June 12, 2013 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
    • georgia

      I do not trust people who say "am I right?"..that means they will accept no other thought, except their own! no one will ever have a chance to tell them.."no, you are not right?"...I had a boss who always said "am I right?"...and there was no other voice except hers! you couldn't have a two way conversation with her! I don't know where that saying came from...but it's a nasty way of saying you are the only intelligent person around!!!! Hate it!!!

      June 13, 2013 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Sky == go away

      thanks

      June 13, 2013 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Your 1 of the most honest people i have ever met sky...

      baaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

      June 13, 2013 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. SHE'S BEEN SIDETRACKED ON ALL INTERVIEWS...YES

    THANKS

    June 11, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lroy

    Good. Never watched the show. Now he can focus his time to So You Think You Can Dance. Gotta love that accent, and he's good looking too. Just don't get remarried.

    June 11, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. YOUR NOT EVEN A GOOD CRIMINAL...WHAT DO YOU HAVE ON TODAY.

    BAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    June 11, 2013 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. DON'T KNOW JOE EITHER...EXCELLENT HACKING SETUP

    June 11, 2013 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. WHO'S GONNA LISTEN TOO YOU YOUR A PATHELOGICAL HACKING LIAR..

    CAN I GO...THIS IS JUST TOO FUNNY.

    June 11, 2013 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  9. I DON'T KNOW BRENDA OTHER THEN HI AND BYE--SEAL

    JAIL TERM SET UP?

    June 11, 2013 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. SKY

    YOU GOT CALL OUT, EXPOSED....FROM THE HEART THE MOUTH SPEAKS...
    LISTEN, ALL I DO IS TELL THE TRUTH....PEOPLE WANT TO HEAR THE TRUTH.

    June 11, 2013 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. YOU HAVE ALL THE PASSWORDS...HOW COME YOU CAN'T CHECK WHERE I HAVE DIALED..ARGH ARGH

    June 11, 2013 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. SKY

    THE REAL SKY IS NOT VULGAR-MAYBE YOU ALL ARE WONDERING WHY SKY IS UNDER ATTACK.
    BECAUSE SKY TELLS THE TRUTH AND IT ALWAYS BRINGS OUT THE DEMONS IN WICKED PEOPLE.
    I EXPECT THAT.....SKY TRADEMARK IS ALWAYS NON VULGAR OR CURSING..
    NOW ABOUT AMERICAN IDOL, IT REALLY WAS GOOD THIS YEAR....
    NIGEL YOU DID A GREAT JOB....SUCCESS WILL ALWAYS FOLLOW YOU...

    June 11, 2013 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • YOUR A DESPERADO SKY...

      ARGH ARGH

      June 11, 2013 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      You are sick Sky, some of the comments you have been leaving lately are really perverse. I can never read your comments the same way again!!! F I L T H Y !

      June 11, 2013 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Demons are cool

      I had coffee with one just the other day. They like you, SKY, and really want to meet you in person.

      June 11, 2013 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Clete

      Sky...You really need to stay on your Meds...and stay away from sharp instruments.

      June 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bern

    So that's the guy responsible for that travesty? If I see him floating out to sea it would not be soon enough for me.

    June 11, 2013 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. Caryl

    Why does anyone think that a program is going to keep the ratings after being on the air for 12 years? I love American Idol and will still watch but ratings are going to go down. It just happens.

    June 10, 2013 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Don't really know your TV history, do you? There are many shows that maintained )or improved upon) their early ratings success and went on for a close for a decade or more: I Love Lucy, Bonanza, M*A*S*H*, Seinfeld, Cheers, and Friends to name a few.

      June 10, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      Yes John, but none of those shows are talent or reality shows. Fact is, reality just isn't as interesting as those long running series you mentioned. Except that awesome reality show "people on the toilet".

      June 11, 2013 at 6:01 am | Report abuse |
  15. have a great evening everyone!

    be right there j

    June 10, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  16. what a dysfunctional relationship

    it all so true. they hit the nail on the head.

    June 10, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  17. No dear you will never be queen.

    -

    June 10, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Frank

    How truly sad most must feel for you.

    June 10, 2013 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |

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