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Is Jennifer Lopez leaving 'American Idol'?

Posted by Glenn Yoder  May 17, 2012 11:53 AM

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Jennifer Lopez may be vacating her seat at the judges' table on "American Idol," according to E! News. No formal announcement has been made.

(AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Lopez at the May 14 "What to Expect When You're Expecting" premiere.
Lopez has been hinting at an exit in recent interviews, including telling Ellen DeGeneres on May 15 that she wasn't sure about returning for a third season because of family commitments. She also gave a lukewarm response when questioned about her future on the show during a junket for her upcoming movie "What to Expect When You're Expecting." A source told E! that Lopez is "just too busy" as she juggles motherhood with her acting and singing careers.

If J.Lo walks, she'll be leaving a hefty salary on the table. She was reportedly paid $20 million for her second season on "Idol." Yesterday, Forbes ranked her No. 1 on the Celebrity 100 list and credited "Idol" with revitalizing her career.

This summer, Lopez will embark on a 20-city tour with Enrique Iglesias and Wisin & Yandel, which Rolling Stone reports will conflict with "Idol" auditions and pre-taping. The tour stops at TD Garden on July 25.

Would you be glad to see J.Lo go? If she does leave, who should replace her on the show?

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