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.
IDOL is so lame – he's smart to leave the sinking ship ... especially if JLO returns – she is the worst judge possible !
We are coming for you, SKY...and that's the TRUTH.
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...
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!!!
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.
CAN I GO...THIS IS JUST TOO FUNNY.
JAIL TERM SET UP?
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.
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...
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 !
I had coffee with one just the other day. They like you, SKY, and really want to meet you in person.
Sky...You really need to stay on your Meds...and stay away from sharp instruments.
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.
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.
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.
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".
be right there j
it all so true. they hit the nail on the head.
How truly sad most must feel for you.
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