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.”

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