After 15 seasons and a handful of music stars later, FOX is canceling “American Idol.”
On a Monday morning press call, FOX’s co-chairman and co-CEO, Gary Newman, said “It was not an easy decision.”
He added, “”American Idol” has been such a vital part of Fox for its run. We spent a lot of time talking to producers about the future of ‘American Idol,’ and collectively we all arrived at the conclusion that it was time to bring the show to an end.”
The music competition show that brought Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson and more to fame will see its final 15th season in January.
Host Ryan Seacrest and judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. will return.
“We really wanted to do it in a way that felt special and celebratory and treated the show the way it deserved to be treated,” Newman said. “Next year is going to be a true season-long celebration. We’re already talking about surprises we can have for the fans to make it feel special and to send it off in a way that’s significant as the run it’s had on our network.”