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Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick leaving ‘American Idol’ – Report

American Idol Executive Producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick won’t be back for Season 13, reports THR. OMG.

Ken and Nigel have been on the show since the very beginning, with Nigel taking a break in Season 8 & 9. This is truly the end of an era for the show.

I think FOX has finally decided that the only way to revive the American Idol brand is a complete makeover.

So the only ones left are Ryan Seacrest and the American Idol logo. If FOX play their cards right, they may still be able to save the show. However, as I’ve written all season — Season 12 had damaged the brand severely. The network will have to take even bigger risks next year. It looks like they are beginning already.

From THR:

In a move widely expected by industry insiders, American Idol executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick “will be leaving the show,” a source tells The Hollywood Reporter. However, formal exit discussions have not yet begun.

THR noted in a May 8 story that the two longtime friends and showbiz pros would likely be shown the door, as the Fox series continues to weather a public beating due to sinking ratings — the season 12 finale was down more than 40 percent when compared to Idol’s closer in 2011.

Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick leaving 'American Idol' - Report

Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick leaving ‘American Idol’ – Report

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realGary
realGary

Ken and Nigel, thanks for the memories, both good and bad from over the years. The production of AI had fallen flat with many viewers, including poor judging panel selection, in house fighting, even the poor camera work was not unnoticed last season. 

As has been stated in this forum by many others, time for a reset, find good people to fit the positions required to right the ship and move on to season 13. Idol is an icon, tired, but can be saved.  While their is an audience still interested in finding and following new singers then the future demand should remain strong. There is more and more competition for audience time these days, AI needs to compete strongly in this new marketplace.

As to the absence of "whining comments" it is pleasing to see them gone. Their presence subtracted from my enjoyment in reading this forum over season 12. Managing them out is a great thing from my perspective. Maybe they can all meet Nigel and Ken for a coffee latte each Wednesday night when season 13 starts.

In the end, performance is measurable and I suspect not only the ratings, but the audience feedback has brought about the demise of the Nigel and Ken show. Good move AI senior executives.

NickRoman1
NickRoman1 moderator

Take this sinking boat, and point it home

We've still got tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiime

Margo Kujat
Margo Kujat

Maybe AI can be saved!!!! I sure hope so!!!!

aryehgizbar
aryehgizbar

the ship is sinking, group yourselves into ryan seacrest. maybe ryan should be the judge now. lol

Linda Holbrook
Linda Holbrook

Idol has run its course time to bow out gracefully

Craig Webb
Craig Webb

8 wasn't so bad. 9 was a total waste. Lee Dewyze? lol

Tammy Franks
Tammy Franks

well that is why it was so bad LOL Nigel wasn't there.

Rickey
Rickey

Nigel wasn't there for Season 8 and 9.

Kathy Crawford
Kathy Crawford

Jimmy Iovine is the one they need to get rid of.

Kathie Hein
Kathie Hein

Yes, perhaps AI now CAN be saved! ;)

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

I'm going to miss Ken and Nigel.  Sad day in idol history.  :(  They may bring Nigel back if the ratings tank more next season, lols. 

Craig Webb
Craig Webb

Without Nigel, the show is nothing lol Please just kill it.

Rickey
Rickey moderator

@LedifRellim We're fine. What I noticed over the past couple of days is the absence of "commenters" whining and complaining and no fights. So to me this is a good thing. Managing different personalities is really very difficult (and not rewarding).

Everyone leaving American Idol is not the creation of "Rickey" by the way so I don't know where the bullying is coming from.

cantremembermypassword
cantremembermypassword

Maybe it's you Ricky. You whine and complain and blame everyone but yourself. Most comments on the new Voice blog are yours. You even recruited Noelle, your Best writer from the old days to be an avid commenter. American Idol will live on with or without you.

Rickey
Rickey moderator

@cantremembermypassword LOL When there are no comments, there are no comments.

I think the people who read the comments know what has happened over the past few days. It's gotten so much better actually. I am very happy.

Rickey
Rickey moderator

@cantremembermypassword LOL! You guys can still stick around if you want. We still cover American Idol here on the blog, whatever form it takes next season.

And meh on trying to reverse the argument against me. I have no control over who comes or comments on the blog. There are thousands of visitors everyday. I'm not trying to appease anyone's personal quirks on what they want my comments to be on the blog. 

Also, don't be silly. I'm just engaging in conversation with people on The Voice blog (which I've neglected to do for a long time now). That's definitley not a bad thing. I think that should show where the negativity is coming from here.