Jennifer Lopez is signing off as a judge on ‘American Idol’ after she’s appeared with the talent-show for two years. It’s not clear why she’s leaving – or if she left by choice, or was asked to leave. Rumor has it producers weren’t impressed with American Idol’s ratings over the last two years, but honestly I doubt she’s been fired. Ratings have been poor because of Simon and Paula leaving. To be honest, I never really watched AI since Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler signed on. I just don’t really care anymore.
Jennifer Lopez may have just been named by Forbes magazine today as the most powerful celebrity, but her reign at American Idol is coming to an end. While J.Lo has publicly said she has yet to make a decision about her future on Idol, sources exclusively tell me that she she’s planning on calling it quits.
“She’s just too busy,” one source said. That’s so very true.
She’s about to launch a mega concert tour with Enrique Iglesias that kicks off this summer in Latin America and the U.S. She plans to go worldwide in the fall. I’m told Lopez will be on the road, at the very least, through the end of the year. The next round of Idol auditions will begin while she’s overseas.
The superstar apparently wants to free up her schedule next year, possibly taking a little hiatus from work to be with her kids.
“It is just like any working mom’s dilemma,” Lopez told us at Monday’s premiere of What to Expect When You’re Expecting. “It’s tough. It’s a balancing act. You put them first and then you have all these other things that you have to do, that you have to give your time to as well, and you have to make sure that they’re OK in the process.”
Fox declined to comment on Lopez’s future with the show. Meanwhile, a source close to the production tells E! News that “Fox does not want to let her go. They love her.”
Lopez has been on Idol for two seasons with one-year contracts for both. Now the question is, will Fox try to change Lopez’s mind with a much bigger payday?
Wonder who AI will find to fill her judging seat? Will she be better? Worse? Who do you think would be a good judge?
Here are some new photos of Jennifer Lopez modeling swimsuits in Vogue magazine. The pictures were shot by Mario Testino for the June issue.
Posted Thursday, May 17th, 2012 at 7:07am
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