Is Jennifer Lopez Leaving American Idol? Over American Idol‘s Cold, Dead Body!

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Jennifer Lopez Rumored To Be Leaving American IdolAfter being named #1 on Forbes’ 2012 Celebrity 100 and pulling in over $50 million last year, we can understand why Jennifer Lopez might be ready to move on from her American Idol gig. What else is there for her to accomplish sitting next to Steven Tyler? “There is just too much going on for her right now,” a source told Us Magazine. “She regrets she can’t stay on the show. It’s been an incredible experience and she is forever grateful that she did it.” JLo herself seemed to indicate the desire to vacate her judge’s chair for the next lucky butt. “Now this is my second year — I don’t know if I can go for a third year. I miss doing other things,” Lopez said on Ellen today. Other things like co-headlining a concert with Enrique Iglesias, starring in more films and piloting a personal space craft to Mars, perhaps? Okay, maybe not that last one, but it would be nice to have the option. She certainly has the money for it…

While Jennifer might be ready to leave the dream crushing to someone else, the people behind A.I. seem determined to keep her on the show. “We want her back. I want her back,” American Idol‘s executive producer Nigel Lythgoe told TMZ today. “I know how much she loves doing the show and how much she cares for the kids. It’s a business. She has to weigh everything. I know she’s gotten lots of offers to do movies and other things.” We wonder how much A.I. would be willing to fork over to have Jennifer stay. On the other hand, space exploration could really use that $50 million, JLo. We’re not trying to sway you either way, we’re just saying…give it some thought. It’s something to consider.

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