Nigel Lythgoe confirms today that he was indeed fired from the popular American Idol and that he is leaving. Lythgoe, the long serving executive producer for the show, got on the social network Twitter and tweeted, “Just had 10 days in the Bahamas, rain everyday. I get back to the States and get fired. Sad!”
But Lythgoe has only been fired from the Idol show, not Fox Network. He is still executive producer for the other popular competition show, So You Think You Can Dance. He got on his Twitter feed again to tweet, “Yes, don’t worry. I’m on #SYTYCD. Fox still loves me.
Lythgoe said of his firing that, “It’s not a personal thing they just feel IDOL needs new leadership after 12 Seasons.” Considering the all around “shake-up” of the show after experiencing an abysmal viewing count in season 12, it makes sense.
The 63 year-old television producer then quoted the Taoist philosopher Lao Tzu and tweeted, “The best of leaders when the job is done, when the task is accomplished, people will say we have done it ourselves.”
An insider spoke to Us Weekly that the move was just one of many that FOX has in store in order to try and bring the shows viewing figures to what they once were. American Idol’s season 12 finale, dropped to a all time low with a 33 percent fall from season 11.
But, according to sources, the firing of Nigel Lythgoe from American Idol isn’t about anything but trying to improve the show’s viewing figures.
A source also told Us Weekly that, “They are totally revamping the show for next season. They want to freshen up the entire enterprise from top to bottom.”
The British born Lythgoe moved from the United Kingdom in 2002 to produce American Idol which is the US version of another Englishman’s competition television shows; Simon Cowell, who created the English shows The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. American Idol, America’s Got Talent and Pop Idol are all “Americanisation’s of his competitive programs.
Nigel Lythgoe is an English television and film director and producer. He is also a former dancer in the Young Generation and a choreographer. Besides being a regular judge on the So You Think You Can Dance show on Fox, he also created the 2009 competition Superstars of Dance.
The Fox Network confirmed Lythgoe’s departure from American Idol in a statement. In the same statement they also confirmed the departure of fellow executive producer Ken Warwick.
The statement by Fox read, “The passion and dedication that Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick brought to American Idol guided the show to become a true cultural phenomenon. While we are saddened they will no longer be executive producers on the show, we are grateful for their tremendous contributions and look forward to continuing to work with them on additional projects.”
With other rumours of a huge re-vamp of the show, which at one point was said to be the inclusion of an all-alumni judging panel, but which now boasts the presence of supermodel, entrepreneur and business woman Heidi Klum it isn’t surprising that the upper echelon of the show would be replaced.
With Nigel Lythgoe confirming that he was indeed fired from the American Idol show, we think that more news of further shake-ups will be forthcoming for the beleaguered show.
By Michael Smith