Nigel Lythgoe confirmed Saturday, June 8, that he was fired as the executive producer of FOX’s American Idol.
“Just had 10 days in the Bahamas, rain everyday. I get back to the States and get fired. Sad!” Lythgoe wrote on his public Twitter account.
Lythgoe, who moved from Britain to the US in 2002 to produce the hit reality competition, may be leaving his role at Idol, but he’s confirmed that he’ll be staying on as producer of the reality dance competition So You Think You Can Dance. “Yes, don’t worry. I’m on #SYTYCD. Fox still loves me,” he wrote.
He went on to explain his exit is due to “leadership” at the show. “It’s not a personal thing they just feel IDOL needs new leadership after 12 Seasons.”
FOX later confirmed the news in a statement:Â ”The passion and dedication that Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick brought toÂ American IdolÂ 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.”