Nigel Lythgoe “fired” from American Idol

By | Published on Tuesday 11 June 2013

Nigel Lythgoe

Nigel Lythgoe has announced that he has been “fired” as producer of ‘American Idol’, having been at the helm since the show launched in 2002. Fellow producer Ken Warwick will also leave, following the previously reported recent departures of judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson.

Announcing the news on Twitter, Lythgoe said: “Just had ten days in the Bahamas, rain every day. I get back to the States and get fired. Sad!”. Though he quickly added: “It’s not a personal thing they just feel ‘Idol’ needs new leadership after twelve seasons”.

He will remain Executive Producer on another Fox talent show, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’.