After months of speculation, Jennifer Lopez is officially leaving ‘American Idol.’
Chatting with host Ryan Seacrest during his radio show on Friday,the singer, who served as a judge for Seasons 10 and 11, confirmed her departure just after fellow judge’s Steven Tyler’s announcement that he too, would be leaving the show as well.
“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.”
Lopez then continued by explaining how busy her life is and the many opportunities she still has. And seeing that she is also a mother of twins, she added, “Something has to give and that’s where I am right now.”
But fans of Lopez shouldn’t fret. While she may not be coming back, she tells Seacrest she’s always going to support the show.
“No matter what you guys need over there, I am always going to be there,” she said. “I don’t know if I can be there every single day, all the time, the way we’ve been doing it the past two years.”
While it’s sad to see her leave. JLo is a businesswoman and has other responsibilities.
That being said, who do you think should replace her on Idol?
TMZ reports that sources also say Vinny had been feeling stressed out, and whatever happened last night could have been the final straw.
TMZ spoke with executive producer Sally Ann Salsano, who said, “We do not comment on the production of the show.”
We would be upset if Vinny has indeed left the show as he seems like the most level headed person on the cast (which isn’t saying much). Perhaps he has finally reached his maximum Snooki intake, and needed to get out of the house. Seems reasonable. If we had to live with Snooki, we would have shot ourselves already.
Laurence Fishburne is leaving ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,’ reports CTV.
Joining the show midway through the 2008-09 season as Dr. Raymond Langston, Fishburne reportedly won’t be back on the crime drama this fall, says a source.
The source spoke anonymously on Tuesday because the announcement has not been officially announced, revealing that the show’s producers anticipated the leave as Fishburne’s movie career has always been his primary focus.
The show will return for its 12th season this fall, and still continues to rank among the 20 top-rated shows on television.
I always though Fishburne was better than television. No offence to TV actors, but he is just such a great actor and has such screen presence, that it’s time for him to focus on films again. Let’s do another ‘Matrix,’ yeah?
It’s a sad day for morning television.
‘The Today Show’ co-host Meredith Vieira is leaving after five years. As her voice quivered and as she fought back tears, Vieira made the announcement today, saying “I’ve decided to leave ‘Today’ in June.”
Vieira took the co-host seat next to Matt Lauer five years ago, replacing Katie Couric.
Meredith says she made the decision “after months of personal reflection and private conversations with my family and friends.”
She added, “I’m really sad because … for the past 10 years this has been my second home.”
Vieira says she wanted to spend more time with her husband, Richard, and her kids. The famous television personality, who also hosts ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,’ noted “I really hope to stay with the NBC family … that is my goal.”
Lauer said Vieira “has brought class and dignity and talent and a joy of life to this show for the last five years.”
Vieira will be replaced by Ann Curry.
All the women of ‘Today’ keep leaving, yet Lauer remains. I wonder if he’s the problem. Or maybe he just really loves his job. I would, if I was in his position! I wish Vieira the best in whatever she decides to take on next.
There are two women who are the most important in Howard Stern’s life, his wife Beth and his co-host Robin Quivers. Unfortunately Robin has indicated her relationship with Howard may be coming to an end.
In an exclusive interview with RadarOnline.com, Quivers revealed she might be saying goodbye to the man who helped make her a household name.
“I love to do radio and television and I’ve always wanted my own television show, so I’ve been putting out feelers for those kinds of things,” said Quivers, 58, told the website. “(I could) express myself in ways that I don’t necessarily get to express myself on our show.”
“It will be like a talk show, but with subjects that I’d be interested in. I think I have some interesting things to say and I don’t think anybody out there is saying them,” she added.
The two radio personalities have worked together since 1981 when they met in Washington. If Robin leaves, Howard’s show will certainly be different. Will his show last without Robin?
An industry veteran is saying goodbye. Long time “Entertainment Tonight” anchor Mary Hart will be leaving the show after nearly 30 years. Mary joined the show in 1982 and will end her reign after the 30th season, which begins September 13.
“I’ve had the privilege of spending 29 years doing something I love — how often does that happen?” she said in a statement Thursday.”I only meant to be at ‘ET’ for three years, suddenly it’s almost 30!”
“It will certainly be with mixed sentiments that I say ‘goodbye’ at the end of the season, but it will definitely be with a sense of celebration … 30 years of Entertainment Tonight, are you kidding me?” she said. “That’s an accomplishment and something I’m very proud of!”
There has been no announcement on who will be replacing Hart.
Steve Carell will be leaving his post as Michael Scott on NBC’s hit show “The Office” after the upcoming season. When asked last night by Craig Ferguson why he was leaving, Carell explained he didn’t know the answer. He later rebuffed saying it was to spend more time with his family.
“Honestly, to spend more time with my family,” said the actor. Ferguson replied, “That’s usually what politicians say when they’re caught doing something with their pee-pees … He says, ‘Well, I’m retiring, but not because of what you think — just to spend a little more time with my family.’
Definitely the show will be different without the legendary Michael Scott. Anybody have any views on how writers will get rid of the Michael Scott character?
E! News reports Carell has confirmed he will be leaving the NBC sitcom after Season 7. He made these comments at the red carpet premiere for “Despicable Me.”
“I just think it’s time,” Carell said on the red carpet. “I want to fulfill my contract. When I first signed on I had a contract for seven seasons, and this coming year is my seventh. I just thought it was time for my character to go.”
Now can the show continue without Michael Scott? Isn’t it like Seinfeld without Jerry Seinfeld?
“It doesn’t certainly mean the end of the show. I think it’s just a dynamic change to the show, which could be a good thing, actually. Add some new life and some new energy…I see it as a positive in general for the show,” Carell said.
So who will replace Michael Scott as the Regional Manager of Dunder Mifflin Infinity? Should they hire (or cast) someone new? Or promote within?
Former “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul may make a special appearance on Wednesday’s episode, reports People. Abdul left the show right before Season 9 and was replaced by Ellen DeGeneres. Cowell and Abdul often used to butt heads when they appeared on the series together.
Cowell will be moving over to Fox’s newest reality competition music show called “X Factor,” which begins in 2011.
“Sandra hates the fakeness of Hollywood and doesn’t want to raise her little boy in that environment,” a friend of the actress tells PopEater.
“The whole place is so toxic for her that she just wants to get away and start over. Jesse’s businesses are in LA and the thought of what went on inside that building makes Sandra sick. Plus, Jesse’s tattooed mistress, Bombshell McGee, is in Los Angeles trying to capitalize on her 15 minutes of fame. It’s best for Sandra to sell her house and get away from these people.”
Rumor has it Sandra may go to her beloved Austin, Texas home and also an old Victorian home she bought in New Orleans. The friend also suggest that she may never make another movie again, but devote her time to her new son.
American Idol fans it is official – Simon Cowell is leaving the show. Cowell announced his move during the Television Critics Association tour in Pasadena, California. Cowell further explained that he will be a judge and executive producer on Fox’s new reality show, “The X Factor.”
Goodbye Hoff – we loved you but it’s time to go. After four seasons of judging America’s Got Talent David Hasselhoff is leaving the show. In a statement released he said, “I am proud that I was part of making America’s Got Talent, the No. 1 rated show for the past four summers.” Hasselhoff further explains in his statement that he is pursuing his own show. “It’s been a rewarding experience and now I’m thrilled to be able to follow my dream to do my own TV show, which will be announced very shortly.”
If losing Paula Abdul wasn’t bad enough, rumours are surfacing that Simon Cowell maybe ending his American Idol career. E! Online is reporting that Simon’s own brother Tony said on his podcast The Cowell Factor, that the Idol judge would be saying goodbye.
“A press statement is being prepared which will confirm what everybody expected: Simon will leave Idol at the end of 2010 to concentrate on bringing the American version of X Factor to U.S. TV in 2011,” Tony says in this week’s installment.
Say goodbye to “Ebert and Roeper at the Movies.”
Both of the famed film critics will not be renewing their contracts with the show because Disney has decided to take it in a different direction.
Roeper released a statement Sunday, explaining that “Several months ago, Disney offered to extend my contract, which expires at the conclusion of the 2007-08 season. I opted to wait. Much transpired after that behind the scenes, but an agreement was never reached, and we are all moving on.”
Ebert followed suit yesterday, announcing his departure on the Chicago Sun Times web site.
He said that though there would be changes, the trademark “thumbs up” rating system would continue.
The CSI lab is about to get a little less crowded.
TV Guide is reporting that cast member Gary Dourdan will be leaving CSI: Crime Scene Investigation when his contract expires next month. Although they could not pinpoint the episode when the character Warrick will make his grande exit, they estimate that it will be the season finale on May 15.
William Petersen, who plays Grissom, has renewed his contract with the show. Castmates Marg Helgenberger and George Eads are expected to do the same.
According to the TV Guide’s “Ask Ausiello,” the show’s producers are now looking for a new actor “in his late twenties to early thirties to play Ray Santoro, a ‘handsome, smart and athletic’ CSI who transfers from Henderson to join the graveyard shift at the Las Vegas crime lab.”