Jennifer Lopez Confirms ‘American Idol’ Exit (AUDIO)

Steven Tyler Leaves 'Idol'
Aerosmith frontman announces he's leaving hit show.
UPDATE: In a somber Tweet Friday afternoon, Ryan Seacrest confirmed that once and for all that, yes, Jennifer Lopez is leaving American Idol.

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

The tweet came about an hour or so after his 14-minute interview with Lopez aired on his radio show, On Air With Ryan Seacrest, during which Lopez vaguely (emphasis on vaguely) hinted that she will be leaving the show after two seasons.


During an emotional phone call to On Air With Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez further implied — without officially confirming — Friday morning that she is leaving American Idol.

“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,” she told Seacrest.

“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,” Lopez, 42, said.

“Here’s how I feel: I feel like, no matter what you guys need over there [on the show], I’m always gonna be there … ” she added. “I feel like there’s a set tie there. I just don’t know if I could be there very single day, all the time, the way we’ve been doing the past two years.”

Lopez further explained that her many businesses, plus raising her two twins, Max and Emme, 4, have played a role in her future with Idol.

The interview comes just one day after Lopez gave a similar quote to Natalie Morales of TODAY while promoting her new movie, Ice Age: Continental Drift.

“I am thinking that maybe it’s time for me to go and do other things that I really love to do, like films, and right now I’m on tour and performing — all the things that I do,” she said Thursday.

On Thursday, Steven Tyler confirmed that he is leaving American Idol to focus on working with his band, Aerosmith.

“I strayed from my first love, AEROSMITH, and I’m back – but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I’ve got two fists in the air and I’m kicking the door open with my band,” he said in a press release. “The next few years are going to be dedicated to kicking some serious ass – the ultimate in auditory takeover…On Nov. 6, we are unleashing our new album, Music from Another Dimension on the Earth, Moon, Mars, and way beyond the star.”

As of Friday, a report from US Weekly claims that Randy Jackson, the only remaining original judge on the panel, is set to be leaving, due to a complete overhaul of the show.

Sources for PEOPLE also say that singer Mariah Carey is in “serious talks” to join the panel when Idol returns in January, though nothing has been confirmed.

Celebuzz has reached out to FOX and is awaiting comment.

Listen to the full interview with Seacrest below: