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'American Idol' Producer Hopes J.Lo Won't Leave
Nigel Lythgoe says he isn't certain Jennifer Lopez is
leaving the show
"All I said to Ryan is I was really upset to hear of Steven [Tyler] leaving
us and the possibility of Jennifer leaving us. She did say 99 percent. Strange
thing to say, 99 percent. You're either leaving or you're not leaving. So I'm
hoping that 1 percent may mean she's not leaving."
Lopez said on Seacrest's radio show the day after Tyler announced his exit
that she believed it was time to leave "Idol," after two seasons with the
"Something has to give, and that's, I think, where I am right now," she
When Seacrest pressed Lopez on whether the two are still "co-workers," she
said, "I honestly feel like the time has come that I have to get back to doing
the other the things that I have to do, that I've put kind of on hold because I
love 'Idol' so much."
Lopez's representative also clarified to The Associated Press that she was
done with the show.
But Lythgoe isn't alone in the hope that Lopez may remain: FOX has not
released a statement announcing her exit, as it did for Tyler.
TheWrap has reported that FOX opted not to renew Lopez's contract when she
demanded a $2 million raise, which would bring her salary to $17 million. The
fact that she herself hasn't said she is 100 percent leaving could suggest she's
open to a new offer to stay.
Lythgoe declined to comment, meanwhile, on whether he himself would stay with
"I can't make any comments about my future with 'Idol' at the moment. 'We're
in negotiations' is all I can say there," he said.