Jennifer Lopez Leaving 'American Idol'

Rolling Stone

Following Steven Tyler's recent departure from American Idol, host Ryan Seacrest has now confirmed Jennifer Lopez will also vacate her judge's post on the show. "Just confirmed with @JLo she's made up her mind . . . will leave idol. :( gonna miss her," Seacrest posted on Twitter. Lopez called into Seacrest's radio show to explain leaving Idol, saying, "Something had to give and that's I think where I am right now. . . I honestly feel that 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."

Earlier this week, Lopez hinted at her possible departure, saying, "It's been on my mind a lot, as you can imagine . . . I signed on to American Idol to do one year and I wound up doing the two years. And now it's like, 'OK, do we continue on this journey?" Lopez has a busy scheduling approaching: she voiced a character for the new film Ice Age: Continental Drift and kicks off a massive tour on July 14th in Montreal.

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