Another one bites the dust, as American Idol big bosses have reportedly fired executive producer Nigel Lythgoe.
Lythgoe, who had been with the show since its debut in 2002, confirmed the news via Twitter Saturday with a tweet that read: “Just had 10 days in the Bahamas, rain everyday. I get back to the States and get fired. Sad!” He quickly added: “Monday we choose our top 20. I’ll smile again,” referring to his other executive produced FOX show “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Fox, FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment told E! News in a statement: “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.”
Although he did admit it was sad news, Lythgoe says it isn’t for personal reasons. He assured his Twitter followers: “Yes, don’t worry I’m on #SYTYCD. FOX still loves me. It’s not a personal thing they just feel IDOL needs new leadership after 12 Seasons.”
American Idol is truly doing a shakeup, not just replacing judges Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and veteran Idol judge Randy Jackson. Executive producer Ken Warwick is also not returning for Idol’s season 13, while Fox’s longtime president of alternative programming Mike Darnell is leaving after 18 years with the network.
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