Jennifer Lopez Threat To Leave ‘Idol’ Is a ‘Negotiating Tactic’: Source

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Jennifer Lopez’s surprising revelation that she’s looking to leave the Idol judge’s desk is nothing more than a “hardball play for more money,” according to a source close to the situation.

Lopez, 42, shocked fans when she appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday and told the host, "I don't know if I can go for a third year. I miss doing other things. It really does lock you down, which was nice the first year with the babies being 3, but now they're getting more mobile, they're about to go into school. So I just don't know."

Remarkably, though, the superstar singer-and-actress is banking on producers bowing to the veiled threat and re-negotiating her more $20 million a year pay packet, an insider told Celebuzz.

“Unless there has been a sudden change of heart, she’s is not going anywhere,” said a source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The source added: “During negotiations for her world tour, she insisted that she needed the freedom to be able to still do Idol. Concert promoters assured her the tour would not interfere. It’s a negotiating tactic.”

Lopez recently garnered the coveted top spot on Forbes' 2012 list of most powerful celebrities, “mostly because her career was resurrected thanks to Idol,” the source added.

"She knows the power of Idol," the pal said.

As Celebuzz first reported, Lopez will tour 20 cities in the US, Canada and Latin America beginning in Montreal, Canada, on July 14.

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