Before American Idol crowns its season 11 winner, the drama surrounding season 12 has begun. According to E!, Jennifer Lopez will be leaving the show.
Lopez, who joined Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler at the judges’ table in season 10, is reportedly “just too busy” to continue finding and judging new talent for Idol, a source told E!
J.Lo will indeed be busy this year. She has new singles to promote, a possible new album or greatest hits album she’s working on, a new movie, What To Expect When You’re Expecting, and her tour with Enrique Iglesias runs through the summer and is expected to add more world-wide dates for the fall, a situation that won’t allow J.Lo to be present during the audition phase of season 12.
Fox hasn’t commented on J.Lo’s supposed departure, and, for now, J.Lo’s answer to if she’ll return to the show or not is “I just don’t know.”
J.Lo kept fans guessing last year as well. In an interview with Scott Mills of BBC Radio 1, she said she was “on the fence about it” about returning, citing the same schedule issues.
“I had an amazing time doing it, and I loved it, but I have a lot of other things happening,” she said. “It’s gonna come down to a choice of what I really wanna do for the next year. We’re not really at the breaking point of ‘You have to make a decision right now!’ So I’m not. I’m just really enjoying the time of just waiting and seeing.”