After a season of unacceptably low ratings, Fox is hellbent on reviving American Idol!!
Unfortunately, according to one source, that means canning executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick!
Both men helped produce AI's inaugural season in 2002, but a decade worth of dedication isn't worth much in the high-stakes world of network TV programming!
Especially when viewership is at an all-time LOW!
That's the lucrative game producers sign up for, though! If they preferred hugs and ice cream sandwiches to pink slips, they could've gotten a degree in continental philosophy!
So, Nigel and Ken are now jobless!!
Three of the show's judges departed, too, with the fourth — Keith Urban — reportedly still on his way out.
Even Fox's alternative programming guru Mike Darnell was shown the door!
What happens now?!
Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson's names are floating around as replacements for Nicki Minaj & Mariah Carey, but neither lovely lady signed a contract yet!
Idol is seemingly on a collision course with an iceberg called cancellation and, except for Ryan Seacrest, there aren't many crew-members left aboard to right the ship!
Is the show truly doomed?!
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