And now we have even more shake-ups for American Idol fans. Shortly after announcing that the Idol Summer tour has been cut short, it looks like longtime executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick will not be returning for American Idol’s 13th season.
According to The Wrap, the producers have been fired in an effort to shake up the show and win back their consistently dwindling viewers. Lythgoe and Warwick launched American Idol together back in 2002 following the success of their first reality singing completion Britain’s Pop Idol. Their rumored departure follows on the heels of news that FOX’s alternative programming president, Mike Darnell, was leaving his post at the network after 18 years.
FOX is clearly trying to shake things up at Idol now that it’s been announced that Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, and Nicki Minaj are not returning as judges for Season 13. It’s rumored that Jennifer Hudson is thisclose to signing the deal to lead a panel former Idol contestants-turned-judges.