Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler didn’t quit, they were fired from Idol, report says

Jennifer Lopez finally formally quit American Idol on Friday, 24 hours after giving another obnoxiously coy statement about her alleged indecision. She told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show that she was leaving and blamed her children: “As the kids get a little bit bigger it started feeling like it was a lot and something had to give.”

Her stalling and ambivalence might have been genuine, but also could be read as a negotiation tactic, and one report says she was angling for more cash to stay–but Fox decided she was out. The Wrap reports that she “was actually dumped by Fox when she asked for a $2 million raise in salary to $17 million,” and “Fox also opted not to pick up Steven Tyler’s option” because “Fox executives Peter Rice and Kevin Reilly want to revamp the show, and that Rice has told colleagues he wants an ‘Idol 2.0,’ of which host Ryan Seacrest would be the only essential ingredient.”

With Seacrest in–essential? I suppose. He’s excellent at his job. But meh.–that leaves only Randy Jackson. I’d guess he’ll exit, too, and the new judges will take the show in a different kind of direction. Teen pop stars? Or something ridiculous and dumb, such as Charlie Sheen and Jerry Lewis?

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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