American Idol’s director may leave over “incident”

The man who has directed American Idol since its first season may be leaving the show after something occurred during on-set Thursday.

Bruce Gowers “may be departing,” Variety reports, although “Particulars behind Gowers’ departure — and whether it’s permanent or a temporary hiatus — were tough to come by over the weekend; when word of Gowers’ departure first surfaced Thursday night, ‘Idol’ was in the middle of a special live broadcast from CBS Television City.”

Variety says “[i]nsiders said an incident on the ‘Idol’ set may have triggered talk of Gower’s departure. Producer FremantleMedia declined comment, noting that it doesn’t comment on personnel matters.”

‘Idol’ director may be leaving show [Variety]

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