Jennifer Lopez says "Idol" judging days are over

Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:09pm EDT
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By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop star Jennifer Lopez on Friday said her judging days are over on TV singing contest "American Idol," following Steven Tyler out the door and signaling a major shakeup in the top-rated show that has seen its viewership slump in recent years.

Lopez, who joined the show two seasons ago but recently has indicated a desire to move on, told "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest in a radio interview that it was time to go.

"I just don't feel like I can be there every single day all the time like I have been for the past two years," Lopez told Seacrest, citing other business commitments and her duties as a mom raising two twins.

"You dread a conversation like this," she told Seacrest. "I honestly feel like 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 like 'Idol' so much," she said.

Seacrest's radio sidekick, Ellen K., said "it sounds like you've made up your mind," and Lopez replied. "Yeah."

Lopez, 42, is on concert tour this summer with Latin singer Enrique Iglesias and has two movies in theaters - "What to Expect When You're Expecting" and "Ice Age: Continental Drift" - and another set for release next year.

A spokeswoman for the Fox TV network, which airs "American Idol," said the broadcaster had no comment, and a representative for Lopez could not immediately be reached for further details.

Lopez, a star of movies and music whose hits include "On the Floor," has for weeks been the subject speculation over whether she would stay on "Idol," and as recently as Thursday on NBC news program "Today," she indicated she would not return.   Continued...

Judges Steven Tyler (L), Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson pose together during the 11th season finale of "American Idol" in Los Angeles, California, in this May 23, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files