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American Idol Fires Producers Nigel Lythgoe And Ken Warwick

June 09, 2013 06:41 AM by Lisa Princ

It’s been quite a ride for American Idol this past season. First, we learned that Randy Jackson, the only original judge left, would be exiting the series, and then, both Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey announced their departures. But Idol did not stop there in their “house cleaning.” Instead, upon returning from vacation, Nigel Lythgoe learned that both he and fellow producer, Ken Warwick were getting the pink slip as well. Ouch!

Wow, there is nothing like being slapped with a pink slip as soon as you return from vacation, huh? That’s exactly what happened to Nigel Lythgoe recently, as the long time producer has been fired from American Idol, along with fellow producer, Ken Warwick.

In an official statement, Fox said: “The passion and dedication that Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick brought to ‘American Idol’ guided the show to become a true cultural phenomenon. While we are saddened they will no longer be executive producers on the show, we are grateful for their tremendous contributions and look forward to continuing to work with them on additional projects,” but they never used the word “fired.”

Leave it to good ole Nigel, who never keeps mum about much, to spill the beans, though. “Just had 10 days in the Bahamas, rain everyday. I get back to the States and get fired. Sad!…I’ll smile again,” Lythgoe posted on Twitter yesterday.

Wow. Looks like American Idol is definitely cleaning house for the new season. So far, the only familiar faces that we may see next season are Ryan Seacrest and Keith Urban. Urban recently revealed that he is still “in the dark,” on whether or not they will ask him to return to the judging panel.

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