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Jennifer Lopez tells Ryan Seacrest she is leaving “American Idol”

Yes, Randy, that is indeed two gone. Your move. Photo credit: Photo credit: Michael Becker/AP

Yes, Randy, that is indeed two gone. Your move, dawg. Photo credit: Photo credit: Michael Becker/AP

Jennifer Lopez confirmed on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show that she, too, is leaving “American Idol.”

The singer-actress-dancer-expert-clothing-wearer reluctantly told the “Idol” host during a 15-minute interview that “something has to give.”

“I honestly feel the time has come that I have to get back to doing the other things that I do that I put on hold because I love ‘Idol’ so much,” she said. “I feel we had an amazing run.”

When Seacrest asked if the door was open for her to return, she said, “No matter what you guys need over there, I’m always going to be here.”

Lopez originally signed to do one year on the singing talent show, but wound up doing two because she “fell in love” with the show and the “Idol” “family.”

Yesterday, Steven Tyler announced his departure. That leaves Randy Jackson – an original panelist – as the only one standing. Rumors are circulating that Mariah Carey is in talks to join the judging team…but who knows who will be on that team.

For all other things “Idol,” make sure to visit my colleague Rodney Ho’s blog.

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By Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Music Scene

73 comments Add your comment


July 13th, 2012
12:54 pm

Idol has already jumped the shark. Just call it a day and close up shop…


July 13th, 2012
12:54 pm

Sorry, not upset about J-Lo leaving. I will hate to see Steven Tyler go though. Hope Randy stays, I like him.

Michaeil Johnson

July 13th, 2012
12:56 pm

End it already! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!


July 13th, 2012
1:00 pm

Boil the rabbit


July 13th, 2012
1:01 pm

I agree with Ellen. ‘Idol’ has jumped the shark. The first big mistake they made was adding Kira Dioguardi (I’m sure I messed up the spelling of her name, but you know who I’m talking about) to the judge panel. It has been downhill since then. I’m glad that Tyler is gone. He didn’t add any comments of value to the panel. This past season was the worst. All of the standing ovations, ugh!


July 13th, 2012
1:05 pm

what a shame, I loved lookng at her!…didnt care for the show, but she was GREAT TO LOOK AT!!!


July 13th, 2012
1:13 pm

It has lasted 2-3 years too long – make it stop NOW!!!


July 13th, 2012
1:21 pm

Stopped watching long ago.Shut it down.I wish the bulk of the reality based television crap would vanish. Like the following…

Dancing with Stars
Big brother
Something Voice

just for good measure, The View could be tossed on the heap too.

The Ghost of Whitney

July 13th, 2012
1:23 pm

Oh good…room for me now!

Bobbyyyy!! Bring me my spoon…there’s work to do!


July 13th, 2012
1:25 pm

Steven Tyler and J-Lo were fired. They were completely useless. They had to bring in that other guy just do add some actual commentary. Jimmy Lavine???


July 13th, 2012
1:29 pm

GOODBYE JLO… I might watch is Mariah’s on.. she can sing.. As for JLO.. her advice or critiques makes NO SENSE to since she CAN’T SING… now she can dance.. and acting is alright.. but she CANNOT SING… so who is she giving advice to or critiquing..

hickory stick

July 13th, 2012
1:33 pm

I agree…the standing ovations were over the top too much. Idol lost its mojo when Simon hit the door.


July 13th, 2012
1:34 pm

@Josh… you must have nothing to do than attempt to insight an arguement with your hate… get a life… moving on

Can I go home now?

July 13th, 2012
1:34 pm

I am so delighted J Lo is gone. It seemed like her attitude was that show existed to promote J Lo, and the singing competition was secondary. So yippee, no more cheesy performances by her and her boytoy, and no more lame comments (”I am getting goosies!”). Has she ever just stood up on stage and simply sung a song without the whole entourage of dancers, wind machines, etc? I doubt it. I hope they get Jimmy Lovine to be a judge.


July 13th, 2012
1:37 pm

I only watch the auditions to laugh at the idiots who think they can actually sing, but after that i never keep watching. If the show continues it might help to have a panal of judges that can actually sing! I mean lets face it JLo had a music career because she is an amazing dancer/preformer not for her vocal chops. I think having a real songstress, like Mariah would be great, plus she is a little cooky, could be entertaining!

Go away Josh

July 13th, 2012
1:37 pm

Josh, what the heck does color have to do with anything…. I see this country still has a loooooooonnng ways to go to just accept people for people and not for their race or color of their skin. Amazing – All i can do is pray for people like this Josh individual!!!!


July 13th, 2012
1:38 pm

Bring in Don Rickles.


July 13th, 2012
1:44 pm

Race and gender should not be the criteria for selecting judges. But if I have to sit and look at Mariah wiggling and spilling her rack out of her clothes on every show, count me OUT! The sad thing is I think she is really talented, but her “look at me, I’m sexy” demeanor cheapens her and will distract from the contestants.

Devil's Advocate

July 13th, 2012
1:45 pm

We shouldn’t judge josh for loving him some mens…


July 13th, 2012
1:47 pm

j – jerk

o – obnoxious

s – stupid

h – hateful

Go away Josh

July 13th, 2012
1:49 pm

Again, I pray for people like you JOSH!!!!! I hope one day your judged from your own short comings!!!! I’m not sure how you watch TV these days with that comment anyways. Television these days has many different races/various color tones as well and more women overall. Judge ye not…..

gunga din

July 13th, 2012
2:02 pm

just wish TV would kill off ALL of the so called reality shows.

shawn archer

July 13th, 2012
2:04 pm

@Josh you are so ignorant..I bet your mama breast fed you until you were like 8 years old as a child or maybe they dropped you on your head as a child. You racist prick!


July 13th, 2012
2:04 pm

Stop watching years ago when they voted off Jennifer Hudson.


July 13th, 2012
2:06 pm

Everyone……Josh is a drunk 18+ something……either waiting to go to work tonight or skipping classes and trying to have fun at your expense….for god’s sake just ignore him.

That Guy

July 13th, 2012
2:14 pm

I love it when people feed the trolls.


July 13th, 2012
2:17 pm

Replace her with Amanda Holden. I’d watch that!!


July 13th, 2012
2:19 pm

…and the Black Shepherd just entered stage left…he spots a little rat on the floor called ” josh”
the black shepherd eyes the little pest crawling around munching on cheeze..bu wait! the black shepherd takes a closer look, it figgers..a little self hating troll that hates the world because no one man woman troll or dog will give him the time of day much less even Notice hes there…

this is what happen to ” Josh”…..from what the Black Shepherd has observed…

poor little unattractive (I am assuming its a guy since he hates women, I wonder how he got into this world? Hatch? oh nevermind, dont bother to answer that one)..

First No woman would give him a second look..aka the hate women (You must be butt ugly)
Josh went into a black gay bar , called “hole in the wall” where the lowest of all races go. (gays come in different shades like the rainbow)..Josh however wanted him a black thug a so called Black Mandingo (one of Josh’s fantasies is to Score with a Mandingo Warrior….so he tries to hit on him by buying him drinks..taking him back to his Studio apt. Thug pulls out gun. takes Josh’s wallet..lab top, Flat screen, and car keys..and Passes on the Sex. Now Josh hates blacks.and women. poor fellow.


July 13th, 2012
2:19 pm

josh is disturbing. But why is he disturbing.

Melissa Ruggieri

July 13th, 2012
2:35 pm

Hey folks – please keep the comments to the topic of J. Lo leaving “Idol” without turning this into an argument about race. If you can’t keep the comments relevant to a singing competition on TV, I’ll have to close comments to everyone, which I really hate to do.

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Dawg Fud

July 13th, 2012
2:52 pm

If I have to sit and look at Mariah wiggling and spilling her rack out of her clothes on every show, count me…IN!


July 13th, 2012
2:58 pm

Jimmy Levine would be an outstanding judge on the panel. He really knows his stuff. Would love to see that. He would bring a lot of credibility to the panel.


July 13th, 2012
3:05 pm


Thank you for stepping up earlier. The music blog and the Misadventures in Atlanta are the only ones that I can stomach now on the AJC website, because your topics are fun and the comments on each blog stays on the subject and are more respectful.

Back to the subject, I agree with Ellen, American Idol should go.


July 13th, 2012
3:18 pm

If you watch reality tv, you are the problem:)


July 13th, 2012
3:32 pm

I agree with Ellen too… Idol has already over-stayed its welcome. I, like countless other TV viewers, am already burned out on this reality TV over-load.

With Fox renewing Idol for season 12, and having the taks of hiring 2 new judges. I hoping that season 12 will be its last.

As for other reality shows… I’d really like for CBS to end The Amazing Race… not sure on if and when they plan on ending Survivor either. NBC needs to end The Biggest Loser. Other than Fox needing to end Idol, they need to end Hell’s Kitchen too. ABC would be better off ending The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.

We’d like to see quality, scripted programming for a change.

Melissa Ruggieri

July 13th, 2012
3:44 pm

Thanks, J. I try :)


July 13th, 2012
4:15 pm

WHO CARES. I think Idol should go for a judge that can actually sing. I know that sound crazy but I think it can work.

Be For Real

July 13th, 2012
4:17 pm

To be brutally honest … J. Lo, Tyler nor Randy weren’t very good judges; they weren’t honest with the contestants and gave most false hopes! Glad they all are leaving!


July 13th, 2012
4:22 pm

American Idol is done. I quit watching after season 3. It’s time to ax the show altogether

Ozzy Oxxo

July 13th, 2012
4:27 pm

I hear Joe Biden will be available in January!

Relationship Expert

July 13th, 2012
4:56 pm

Tom Cruise has some extra time on his hands, likes the younger generation, and might be able to pick up a few converts to Scientology.


July 13th, 2012
4:56 pm

I haven’t watched the show in years…..I’ve been too busy being productive instead of watching this and other reality tv. vote no for t-splost and another season of American Idol

Vast Wastrel

July 13th, 2012
5:07 pm

It slipped from #1 overall in the ratings this past season to #2 behind Sunday Night Football. Fox wouldn’t take this off the air even if George W. Bush, Octomom, and Lindsey Lohan were named as “judges”.

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Jakmehof Ghould

July 14th, 2012
1:14 am

Mariah Carey would be great. She looks good


July 14th, 2012
9:12 am

Some questions to ponder:

1. Why do people think, just because they quit watching something YEARS ago, that it shouldn’t be entertaining to others? The world does not revolve around an individual’s point of view.

2. Why do people think, just because they don’t like something, no one else should like it either?

3. Why do people think that just because people spend time talking to other people on a blog that it is the only thing they EVER do and they obviously don’t “have a life”?

4. Why do people think that anyone who doesn’t like an actor or singer or performer that they really like is a “hater”?

We don’t live in George Orwell’s 1984. We don’t all have to think alike to be good people.


July 14th, 2012
9:30 am


“The WORLD does not revolve around One Person’s Point of View”

You slayed all of them…That is the Statement of the year..that should be placed in a Frame in bold letters at the Beginning of each blog..Numbers 2, 3, 4. are thought provoking questions..but some folks probably will never be able to answer those question. I guess thats just how humans are.

Well said Deirdre.

James Creb

July 14th, 2012
9:36 am

The show needs to end when it becomes obvious to everyone the judges have pre-selected their winner. Example — the 2nd place finisher in this last season. Voters made it clear they didn’t want her at the top, but who cares, the judges did.