‘American Idol’ Is Ending After Season 15

This is the end of an era: FOX has canceled American Idol, announcing that this season will be the show’s last. 

The popular show will call it quits after returning for a fifteenth and final season in January 2016.

American Idol XV will have the same judges as the last two seasons — Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick, Jr.— along with the show’s host, Ryan Seacrest, who will also be returning.

FOX made the announcement Monday (May 11, 2015) as part of revealing its fall schedule. The final episodes will pay tribute to past contestants, winners, and fans throughout the seasons, serving as a “celebratory event.”

Chairmen and CEOs Gary Newman and Dana Walden answered several questions about their decision.

You know, it was not an easy decision. American Idol has been such a vital part of FOX for its run and we spent a lot of time talking with producers about the future of American Idol and collectively we arrived at the conclusion that it was time to bring the show to an end. But we wanted to do it in a way that felt special and celebratory and treated the show the way it deserved to be treated.

The cancellation news does not come as much of a surprise, especially since ratings having been declining steadily over the past several years. Despite many attempts to keep the show relevant — like constantly changing the judges — none of it really worked.,

#RIPIdol…But thank you for Kelly ClarksonCarrie Underwood, Adam LambertJennifer HudsonJordin Sparks, and many more.