Just one a day after Steven Tyler announced his departure from the "American Idol" judging panel, Jennifer Lopez confirmed that she, too, will be leaving prime time's most popular reality series.
Lopez called Ryan Seacrest's morning radio show on Friday to break the news."I really was dreading this phone call with you," she told him. "I honestly feel like 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."
That leaves just Randy Jackson remaining on the "Idol" panel and there are reports that he may assume a different role with the show when it returns next January for its 12th season. Meanwhile, rumors continue to swirl that Mariah Carey could be coming on as a judge.
In a phone interview Thursday with The Associated Press, Lopez had said she was saddened to hear that Tyler was leaving and that his departure would play a role in her decision.
"I can't even imagine anyone else there right now because I've just spent two years sitting next to him," she said. "I love Steven, and we became close during that time. We were a great support for each other, on an adventure that neither one of us knew what it was going to be. So it's hard to hear that he won't be doing it."
So where does that leave, American Idol? Well, some of you will be glad to hear that the names being tossed around for replacements are , Mariah Carey and Mary J Blige. Well, we honestly have no qualms with that seeing as they would be great judges given their years of experience in the industry as well as their astonishing achievements and accolades. Fingers crossed!