Update, June 8: Nigel Lythgoe (@dizzyfeet) tweeted confirmation of the news, “just had 10 days in the Bahamas, rain everyday. I get back to the States and get fired. Sad! Monday we choose our top 20 [for SYTYCD]. I’ll smile again.” Lythgoe confirmed that he is still working on So You Think You Can Dance and does not take it personally, but rather that Fox felt “IDOL needs new leadership after 12 Seasons.” Fox released a statement regarding their decision. “The passion and dedication that Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick brought to American Idol guided the show to become a true cultural phenomenon. While we are saddened they will no longer be executive producers on the show, we are grateful for their tremendous contributions and look forward to continuing to work with them on additional projects.”
In what many expected, longtime friends and producers of “American Idol,” Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick, are reportedly NOT returning to the show’s 13th season. Formal discussions have not begun, but according to a report by THR, the decision is imminent.
Fox continues to come up with ways to reshape and revitalize the one time dominant competition. After Randy Jackson announced his departure for the first time in 12 seasons, fellow judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj confirmed their departure as well. The network and production staff recognize the sub-par and difficult season Idol recently underwent. Among the proposed changes, Fox is reportedly considering an all alum panel for the show’s upcoming season. Jennifer Hudson reportedly has a deal in talks for $4.5 Million, however, reports claim the network want to dish out less. There remains a lot uncertain about the show’s upcoming season.
Lythgoe and Warwick have been a part of the show since the show’s inaugural season in 2002. Lythgoe took seasons eight and nine off, but stayed on board with with his other Fox child, So You Think You Can Dance. Fox, Lythgoe and Warwick have yet to comment regarding the report.