Idol producers back out of producing the Emmys

American Idol‘s producers were hired in February to produce the Emmys this fall, but they have quit the show.

Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick said in a statement that they’re too busy:

“After we wrapped the enormous effort of ‘Idol Gives Back,’ we looked at our upcoming slate of projects, including the ‘American Idol’ finale and the additional shows we will be involved in this summer, and realized that we could not devote the creative energy and time necessary to make the Emmys outstanding for the academy and Fox.”

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences chairman Dick Askin told the Hollywood Reporter, “We respect Nigel and Ken’s decision and are fortunate that Ken Ehrlich has agreed to return to executive produce his fourth Primetime Emmy telecast. He did a terrific job with the Emmys last year, and we are glad to have him back.”

I’m sure he’s glad to be back, especially since they initially fired him and hired the producers of American Idol instead.

‘Idol’ duo exits Emmy telecast [Hollywood Reporter]