Jennifer Lopez, Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell: 8 Famous TV Exits (PHOTOS)

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As Celebuzz previously reported on Friday, Jennifer Lopez will be leaving the acclaimed TV show after two seasons. After appearing on Ryan Seacrest’s radio segment, On Air With Ryan Seacrest, the host tweets:

“Just confirmed w/ @JLo she’s made up her mind…will leave idol. :( gonna miss her.”

Though the 42-year-old triple threat has decided that she is ready for new challenges, she’s not the only celeb who’ve made an exit from their show.

Launch the gallery for more TV stars who left their day jobs.

Lopez told Ryan, “I honestly feel like that the time has come that I have to get back to doing the other things that I do that I’ve put, kind of, on hold, because I love Idol so much … You have a lot of other responsibilities and you have a lot of other things that you do, and you have to pay attention to that too.  I could keep just doing Idol for the rest of my life … But that would be giving up a bunch of other things, and I just … I don’t know. I feel like we had an amazing run.”

The girlfriend of dancer Casper Smart and mother of twins — Max and Emme, 4 — has definitely kept busy over the years.

After her breakthrough role portraying the cultural icon Selena Quintanilla-Pérez in the 1997’s Selena, Lopez has gone on to star in box office hits such as The Wedding Planner and Monster-In-Law, released twelve albums — includings J.Lo which topped the Billboard charts — and has performed multiple pop tours across the states.

Jen recently announced the launch of her world tour, Dance Again, alongside Spanish singer/songwriter Enrique Iglesias – beginning in North America on July 14 and topped the Forbes list in 2012 as most powerful celebrity.

Although Lopez is leaving American Idol, she isn’t set to go off the radar anytime soon.

J.Lo isn’t the only celeb to exit her hosting gig.  In fact, Steven Tyler just announced on July 12 — one day before Lopez — that he too will be departing from American Idol to focus on his band, Aerosmith.

Other A-listers to leave their jobs include Ann Curry who recently left NBC’s TODAY show, Carson Daly who resigned from MTV’s TRL (Total Request Live), and Brian Dunkleman who stopped co-hosting with Ryan Seacrest on American Idol.

Do you think these stars left out of their own free will? Sound off in the comments and watch the video below to learn more about Steven Tyler’s absence on American Idol.

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