It's had a great run, but is American Idol dead at long last? Judge Jennifer Lopez has officially quit just one day after her co-judge Steven Tyler decided to leave the wildly popular show, casting major doubts on what the future may hold for Idol.
Pop singer J.Lo became the second judge to leave Fox's hit show in as many days when she announced Friday through representative Mark Young, that she is leaving the nation's most popular TV show after two years as a judge of talent, according to the Associated Press.
Jennifer Lopez also called in to American Idol host Ryan Seacrest's morning radio show on Friday to confirm the reports that she was thinking of leaving and announce her departure, according to Access Hollywood.
I honestly feel like just the time has come that I have to get back to doing the other things that I do that I've put kind of on hold because I love 'Idol' so much, J.Lo, who has been with the show since its tenth season, told Ryan Seacrest on the air Friday, Access Hollywood reported.
Coming on the heels of Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler's Thursday announcement that he was leaving the show, Jennifer Lopez's decision leaves just one judge on the panel, original judge Randy Jackson, who may be taking on a different role as American Idol recovers from two days of major news.
American Idol has been the most popular show on television for nearly ten years, the AP reported, but it has seen steeply falling ratings since last season, and its Fox producers are hoping to find a way to re-jig the show and bring viewers back to Idol.
J.Lo further fleshed out her reasons for leaving during her Friday morning radio interview with Seacrest, Access Hollywood reported:
Even last year when I had to make the decision, it was super tough... I felt like for six months it was fine, but then to go back and do it again was like, oh God - I have my movies and my music, she told Seacrest, adding that the choice to step down was a heart-breaking one.
It gets just more complicated... it started feeling like it was a lot ... Something has to give. That's where I am right now ... No matter what you guys need over there, I'm always gonna be there, she told Ryan. I feel like there's just that tie there.
Steven Tyler did not leave with as much grace as Jennifer Lopez was able to, according to a statement he released on Thursday announcing his departure:
After some long... hard... thoughts... I've decided it's time for me to let go of my mistress 'American Idol' before she boils my rabbit, he said. I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I'm back - but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I've got two fists in the air and I'm kicking the door open with my band.
Names of possible replacements for J.Lo have been floating ever since the rumor of Jennifer Lopez's impending departure hit the Internet Thursday, with two of the most common guesses for who may take her slot being Miley Cyrus and Adam Lambert.