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American Idol Just FIRED Executive Producers Nigel Lythgoe & Ken Warwick! Find Out WHY!

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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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18 comments to “American Idol Just FIRED Executive Producers Nigel Lythgoe & Ken Warwick! Find Out WHY!”

  1. TruthSpeaker says – reply to this


    it's time to finally let go. When will someone attempt to bring back Star Search??

  2. 2

    OH FFS just accept the show is over & done and move on. Nobody gives a fuck anymore. Getting rid of the US shows original producers(who were from the original UK version) just shows the end is here. think up a new show or is that too difficult?

  3. Jessica says – reply to this


    Whoever was responsible for bringing on Niki Minaj deserves to get fired.

  4. 4

    Mariah was an expensive mistake, she seemed to be phoning it in…

  5. 5

    All I can say was this show was doomed as soon as Paula and Simon left now Randy is leaving. The reason this show has lost ratings is because there is no show anymore. Nicki was at least entertaining to watch all Mariah did was give out fashion advice and say "dahling" a whole bunch. Keith was good I could listen to his accent all day and he's leaving too!!!! WONDER WHY!!! AT LEAST we know that Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson especially know what they are talking about! This show was so good and is just started going downhill. I hope they can save it American Idol WAS my favorite reality show.

  6. Taylor says – reply to this


    keith has already said himself that he WILL be back next year.

  7. 7

    They should just say bye bye to the show in its entirety. The exuberant salaries they pay these people is outrageous. They could probably build Moore Oklahoma back from the hurricane w/what they pay these executive producers & also judges. Its disgusting. The show is boring & so were the judges. As soon as Paula left I stopped watching it. As far as I'm concerned Nicki M. shouldn't of been put on the show to begin with. She couldn't even form a sentence.

  8. A says – reply to this


    The reason AI is done is because after so many seasons, it gets just downright BORING. They let go of Simon and Paula (huge mistake, they made AI what it was) and the original panel was thrown away for a bunch of talentless, washed up nobodies. Who the hell CARES about what Nicki Minaj has to say? Mariah is too much of a diva to really be any help. Overall the show went downhill after 3 or 4 seasons. People just stopped caring. You can't beat a dead horse. Just let it go.

  9. @v@ says – reply to this


    It's not going to help. Inexperienced Karaoke stars are insipid. I want musicians and bands seasoned from clawing their way up playing venues. Look how superior Bruno Mars is.
    No contest.

  10. Jane P.R. says – reply to this


    The judges need to be critical not counselors and pep talkers. What made AI good was that Simon was so truthful and serious, not fake. And you only need One diva or woman judge. Women don't get along if they look like competition. 3 truthful judges, a less flashy stage, more serious surroundings at the beginning, then flashy at the end,(like before). When Jennifer Lopez was on they had the highest ratings, and that is because she was truthful and so were the other judges. Nikki M was the best judge this season, truthful critic.

  11. 11

    I hope it's true that Keith is staying. Should be interesting who sit in those seats.

  12. 12

    there are 5 stages of the product life cycle and it applies to ALL products. Back in 2011
    I was telling everyone in ent that the music talent shows are in the 4th stage or maturity
    (there's only 1 stage left–decline. personally i would not wait around for no. 5. i would want to exit gracefully); and viewers would start looking for the next big thing even if
    subconsciously. i have that product.

  13. UmAnyways says – reply to this


    they were never the problem. plus they're kinda hot in a freaky austin powers way

  14. 14

    Just cancel this show. It's due!

  15. 15

    Nigel Lythgoe is the single biggest reason why AMERICAN IDOL and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE are tanking in the ratings. Nigel is a nasty, vile, lecherous man who couldn't get arrested as a producer before he ripped off U.K.'s POPSTARS concept with AMERICAN IDOL. Too bad he couldn't leave the great format alone. His changes have ruined the show.

    For the record, this is the SECOND time Nigel was fired from IDOL (he was rehired a few years back).

    Nigel's IDIOT moves were supported by the luckiest "man" in showbiz; recently fired FOX President of Alternative Programming "Midget" Mike Darnell.

    Aside from IDOL, egomaniac Nigel installed himself as the judge on SYTYCD, illegally fired the original host because she became pregnant and the show was never allowed to reach it's true potential.

    U.S. audiences hate a hideous looking OLD Brit judging (and leering at) young, talented American dancers. SYTYCD is down another 20% this year after last year's disastrous ratings. Too bad. It's a great concept that could be a hit show WITHOUT Nigel.

    As for his LATEST firing from: GOOD RIDDANCE TO BAD RUBBISH!

  16. 16

    we love american idol but we have also seen enough of american idol the rateing are low not because of the contestants but because the show is now getting boreing replace it with a funny sit come im ready to start laughing again

  17. angel eyes says – reply to this


    I feel the producers really fu*#ed up the season! not the judges! the should be classic and not highlight such trash such as (dragging the queens of there genre, Mariah and Nikki ) through the mud! I don't believe they are enemies and think it just ruined all the class and credibility that the show established over the years. American Idol's idea's and focus are in the past taking a plunge into a nasty flavor of the mouth, the only way to help establish a better after taste is to get rid of its producers and start from fresh!!!! GOOD LUCK FOX

  18. 18

    They could have stopped after the first season. They found their superstar back then. Kelly Clarkson is freaking amazing and has the best voice in music. I will always be grateful to AI for giving us this incredible voice. I have watched every season and even I think it is time to end it gracefully.