"American Idol" sees two more departures

Producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick speak at the "American Idol" panel at the Fox Broadcasting Company portion of the TCA press tour held on Jan. 11, 2011 in Pasadena, Calif. Getty

Add two more departures to the "American Idol" post-season tally.

Fox said Sunday that longtime executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick are exiting the singing contest.

The producers follow judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson out the door.

Jackson was an original panelist. Minaj and Carey joined this season, and their on-air bickering proved uncomfortable for viewers and contestants.

The fate of Keith Urban, the other newcomer, is uncertain. There's been reports that "Idol" was considering calling on previous contestants to sit on the judges' chairs. Names like Jennifer Hudsonhave been tossed around.

Fox didn't announce who would replace the producers. In a statement, Fox and the companies behind "American Idol" thanked Lythgoe and Warwick for their work and said they looked forward to working with them on other projects.

Lythgoe is the producer and a judge for Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance." He tweeted on Saturday:

The show's 12th season ended in May with a record low-rated finale, which saw Candice Glover take home the crown. She's releasing her debut album in July.

Tell us: Has "American Idol" run its course?


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