Jennifer Lopez is out as new ‘Idol’ judge: “her demands were too great”

Jennifer Lopez performs at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles June 6, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

Just when we thought the judge shortage at “American Idol” was all sewn up, with rock front man Steven Tyler and former pop-star Jennifer Lopez taking over for ousted judges Kara DioGuardi and Ellen Degeneres, it looks like it might not be a done deal after all. While Tyler is blabbing all over the media about his new gig – er, telling everyone except his band mates, that is – Lopez has been very tight-lipped about the whole thing. With good reason – based on a report from People, J.Lo wasn’t done negotiating her terms, and “Idol” producers finally said “Thanks, but no thanks.”

Jennifer Lopez won’t be a judge on American Idol after all, according to a source close to the situation.

The singer-actress had been closing a deal to be a permanent judge on the show for its upcoming 10th season but the deal fell apart.

“Her demands got out of hand,” says the source. “Fox had just had enough.”

With Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres both departing the talent search, the network had been pursuing a number of celebrities as potential judges, including Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler.

But now that Lopez is out of the running, the network may be looking at their earlier top picks again.

Other reports have said that the panel could go back to the original three-judge format.

Fox had no comment. A rep for Lopez did not immediately return calls for comment.

[From People]

Does this surprise anyone? J.Lo’s demands are legendary at this point. I’ll bet FOX missed Paula Abdul, big time. All she wanted was a little more money. So, now that J.Lo is out, does this mean that Jessica Simpson is back in? And will viewers care at all – or will they follow Simon Cowell to his new, probably better, talent show, X Factor?

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 31:  Actress and singer Jennifer Lopez performs at New Year's Eve 2010 in Times Square on December 31, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Coppola/FilmMagic)

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 31:  Actress and singer Jennifer Lopez performs in Times Square for New Year's Eve on December 31, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

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  1. mmf says:

    She looks like ET in that brown onsie.

  2. jen says:

    Another chance for Daddy Simpleton to plead for Jessica!

  3. TQB says:

    While I liked her defense of that New Year’s catsuit (she wanted to be covered from the cold but still flashy) it’s still hideous.

  4. jane16 says:

    Good. Can’t stand her and don’t think she’s talented in any way, shape or form.

  5. artista says:

    Hallelujah…signed American Idol interns.

  6. flutters says:

    Dumb move on the part of JLo and her management.

    Idol should just say no to Jessica Simpson. She can’t right the ship and in fact she’d just reinforce the sinking ship idea.

    Some people are suggesting Queen Latifah. Now THAT’S a good idea.

  7. mia says:

    I think AI should just call it quits.
    I havent watched in the past few yrs and only did when I did because of Simon.
    The show is doomed regardless of the new judge.

  8. LindyLou says:

    AI won’t survive past this season no matter who fills the empty judge slot.

  9. lucy2 says:

    Bwahaha! I guess she asked for one too many crystallized cat suits.
    It never seemed right anyway, someone who relies heavily on auto tune being a singing judge. I bet she is mighty pissed now, that was going to be her big comeback.

  10. BethL says:

    Show of hands of who’s shocked by this? Personally I don’t think a lot of top people want to Idol. It’s obviously going downhill. The talent has been mediocre the last few years, especially last season.

  11. Dingles says:

    Homegirl needs to realize it ain’t 1999 anymore.

  12. Jo says:

    kind of funny having jessica considered for a judge. How can one be a judge of talent when they have no talent themselves? What is she going to do, tell contestants to show more cleavage? Give advice on timing a proper nipple slip? Maybe advice for dating atheletes to get in the gossip columns?

    They need to get someone thats been in the business for awhile and knows their stuff. Get Diana Ross (she would be like a paula/simon monster — spacey demeaner with the bitchy attitude). Get Bette Midler (funny as hell, knows the business).

  13. Canucklehead says:

    Wow, a brown catsuit..

    I wish I could unsee that.

  14. Fluffy Kitten Tail says:

    Isn’t her career basically in the toilet, so who is she to demand anything from anyone? If anything, the public should be demanding a full apology from this woman for her many horrible movies and her equally bad music.

  15. Laurie says:

    That brown onesie just screams for attention. She must have realized she was quickly becoming an old “has been” and tried to be ‘shocking’ again but it was a big fail.

  16. lola lola says:

    That bodysuit is hilarious. Obviously whoever talked her into that got fired immediately. She could not look worse if she had tried to. A sparky potato sack. Hilarious!

  17. sunnyjyl says:

    I would love to see the list of her demands.

    The body suit looked a lot better in person–(according to a good friend of mine who was up close and personal at the New Year’s concert)

  18. buckley says:

    I’m proud to say I’ve never watched one episode A.I.

  19. Lem says:

    WHO is dressing her? EpicFail

  20. Heaven-bound says:

    Her ass looks droopy with the onesie and it looks cheap also, with the gigantic zipper showing. They could have made it sheerer to look more sexy. She’s just ghetto all around. I just noticed her back flab showing on the first pic with the silver outfit.

  21. unrulyfemme says:

    is that back fat hanging out in the first photo? egads! if cindy lou who grew up to be a hooker she’d probably look a bit like, well no, cindy would look better.

    glad the diva took a dive.

  22. Tia C says:

    @ buckley: Thought I was the only one! I too, am proud to say I’ve never watched an episode. And I never will.

    I accidentally came across it once while channel surfing and lingered for a moment to check it out. I came away with the impression that I honestly don’t know how people can endure listening to the horrid, horrid, offkey, overdramatized interpretation of singing that those trashy contestants attempt to do. Bunch of crap. Hope it gets canceled.

    And to get back on-topic, lol – this is definitely not surprising news at all. It would have been a lot more surprising had she actually gone through with it.

  23. Eileen says:

    When they said Jessica Simpson was out because of her demands and that JLo was in I wondered how in the hell that happened. Now we know it didn’t!

  24. DetRiotgirl says:

    I love the top picture. She looks all kinds of intimidating and over the top there. She looks like a diva to be reckoned with… And then I see the brown cat suit, and I immediately start laughing. Haha, what was she thinking?

    I sort of miss J Lo. She’s her own brand of crazy.

  25. OC lady says:

    J Lo is the epitome of EGO. I think she screwed herself out of a possible comeback with these silly demands. Are white linens, candles, and couches THAT important in the long run? What a silly woman. She’s lost contact with reality.

  26. Sans says:

    Oh well. It’s time for AI to die. I looked forward to JLO and Tyler. Both wouldve brought viewers. She can’t sing , but she’s a great performer. She sold albums & movies for a reason.

  27. TeeTee says:

    hmph, not surprised one bit, but dumb, very dumb.

    lordy, her butt is hanging realll low, she may need butt pads–or to NOT wear anything that hideous again. smdh

  28. notafan says:


  29. Feebee says:

    She probably just wanted a white chair, to be allowed to have her own drinks sponsor on the judge’s table (pepsi?) and for the other judges not to be allowed to look at her. Pfft, really so much to ask?

  30. amy says:

    I really think they should get Britney Spears. Everyone would watch, great ratings ploy, it might have a little “Paula-esque” whackadoo-ness….Love the idea if I do say so myself.

  31. lisa says:

    I think she is really pretty. I just think the whole Diva thing is the problem. She just got really big really fast. Plus all that money can make you insane if you don’t have other things or people in your life to balance it.

    Regarding AI.. I actually think Queen L would be an excellent choice. She has likability and seems really down to earth.

    Jessica Simpson would make the show very Dlist (I know some already think it is)..
    I have said the problem with Idol is it shouldn’t be a show that comes on once a year. It needs to be an every other year event.. TOO many singers. That is the biggest problem. Think about it.. The winner would actually have a year to be showcased before they start the next. I think after the 3rd season people go confused with who won and who came in second. Because they both released DVDs at the same time.

    Make it an every other year thing and it could be huge again..MY FREE ADVICE.

  32. Persistent Cat says:

    If I had those boots she’s wearing in that top picture, I’d never take them off. EVER!!!!!

    I hate AI so I won’t watch regardless but Steve Tyler would just be ludicrous. He looks like a badly aged Julia Roberts. And Jessica Simpson is too stupid to do anything. As for JLo, I would consider watching it just to see what she was wearing and how she looks. I think she’s gorgeous.

  33. Bobby the K says:

    Never seen AI either. (Or ‘Friends’ – so I don’t get the whole Jennifer A. thing)

    I think J.L. is going to be the last to know when her career is over.

  34. Jeri says:

    She likes “sparkly” things, huh. What happened with her husband?

  35. BrandyMc says:

    I would love to see Jessica Simpson do AI. I think she would be cute and funny!

  36. Confuzzle says:

    Idol plays these games every year to drum up free publicity. If they appear successful, more suckers will audition and they desperately need that. J Ho got dropped by Sony. No doubt this was just a tactic to get her a Universal deal. She would never have seriously been a contender for the judge gig. Just entered into a marketing ploy with 19 for a few weeks.

  37. Ruffian9 says:

    “Her demands got out of hand,”

    BFS – Big f***in’ surprise.

  38. Tia says:

    um, wtf happened to her a**? It looks awful!!! her poor kids with them as her mother..ick

  39. Laurie says:

    @unrulyfemme – Yes, I see the chunk of back fat too! I missed seeing that the first time! Yikes.

  40. Marjalane says:

    She’s so completely talentless that it thrills me no end to see her ousted. I wish they’d use Nigel Lithgo- even though he’s annoying, he has the right idea that it should be about the KIDS, not the egomanical judges! The bullshit between the judges trying to one up each other with how great they are, was hideous, and if Steven Tyler can’t get over himself it WILL be a trainwreck.

  41. la chica says:

    JLo’s reputation precedes her everywhere. Which means that Gaycrest et al just used her for publicity.

    I think that Mark Anthony would make a fine judge. A bit soulless but fine.

  42. d says:

    i second the Britney Spears vote. that would get viewers. you’d never know what she was going to say or do, the un predictability would keep people coming back!

  43. Adrien says:

    She’s still making diva demands? She couldn’t even make a comeback. Loubotin’s? The Back Up Plan? They weren’t exactly sensational, you know?

  44. Kate says:

    Whenever I see Jennifer Lopez my mind goes right to that South Park episode:

    “Ooh Baby baby – can I have your tacos? Those tacos sure look good… I’m just Jenny from the Hood!”

  45. khaveman says:

    I think Jlo has a completely overinflated view of herself. She’s not even in shape, as a dancer and singer. Lazy.

  46. cowbell says:

    She looks like a pimp in the first photo. All she’s missing is the platform shoes with goldfish in them That walk. Please.

    And, didn’t she use a digital camera to get a look at her backside before she decided wearing that to shake her rump was a good idea.

    Jesus H Christ on a Cracker.

  47. SoulLovah says:

    what the hell is that body suit she is wearing? and is it just me or does she have ZERO resemblance to her natural Latina roots now? ugh i hate that

  48. I’m probably the only person on earth who really loves Jennifer, probably because she’s such a diva, but this is pretty disappointing if it’s true.

  49. oduroyal says:

    They should have just paid Paula…and as for Jennifer Lopez in that bodysuit, I remember during that New Year’s broadcast people were blogging that she looked like a glittery turd

  50. Red says:

    I worked at a company where we were simultaneoously doing deals with a) Jennifer Lopez and b) Morgan Freeman. Jennifer had done Selenda and Out of Sight. Morgan had done… well… a lifetime of stunning work, includig Shawshank.
    JLo’s demand’s literally counted more than 100 pages in her contract. Morgan, less than half that. And most of it, legalese.
    At the end of the day, true talent, professionalism, common courtesy wins out. Perhaps not immediately, but somewhere down the line. We did the deal with Morgan, and passed on JLo. I hope everyone does the same. She’s. Just. Not. Worth. It.

  51. nel says:

    lol why did they want la-lopez anyway?

    she wouldnt know what talent was if it hit her on the head.

    she sing is all auto-tune and shit.

    and her demands are just plain ridic for someone who lacks any talent, she thinks she is babs streisand.

    $1k candles, $10k fox fur eye lashes, spring water bottled by virgins from the garden of eden but kept at a constant 21 degrees (no higher or lower), white roses which must be fresh and cut 30 seconds ago.

    jenny go back to the block! bitch.

    im so over celebs and their diva demands, in her case, she was nothing but so low rent actress until she hopped onto puff daddy’s train and rode it all the way to the bank.

  52. JY says:

    Oh well. It’s time for AI to die. I looked forward to JLO and Tyler. Both wouldve brought viewers. She can’t sing , but she’s a great performer. She sold albums & movies for a reason.
    it was a long time ago. now she lost her star power completely. I used like her a lot but now I just don’t care about her anymore.
    she can’t sell an album, can’t open a movie by herself and can’t pick a decent script. totally fail!

  53. Sincerity says:

    @Red (#50)

    You brought up some very good points! Times are hard and there are plenty of other candidates besides Jennifer Lopez who would be much more realistic with their demands. She not as “bankable” now as she was in the past and perhaps it’s time for her “to come down to earth”.

  54. poopie says:

    The ONLY thing she MAY be good at is playing a ‘beard’ for that Marc dude.

  55. Angel says:

    Whoa. I had not considered AI could ever be interesting again, but I would SO watch for Brit!

  56. Lantana says:

    Uh, are we all forgetting an obvious choice? Amy Winehouse!

  57. Jover says:

    Great comments all, love oduroyal’s description of that hideous outfit as a glittery turd and 51 you’re spot on. I vote for Nigel. Marc Anthony and AMy winehouse as judges – it could be interesting or unwatchable but AI’s buzz and cache are gone It had a decent run but it’s time to retire it.

  58. The Bobster says:

    Errrr….don’t you need talent to be a diva? A fat azz doesn’t qualify as talent.

  59. Mandhy says:

    No one wants to see her saggy ass or her old face. J ho BEGONE

  60. DSM says:

    …. and take your back boobs with ya! 🙂

  61. Teri says:

    I can’t stand JLo–so glad she won’t be on AI–that would be total hypocrisy to have her judge others when she herself is a no-brain, no-talent–can’t sing, can’t act, can’t dance either. Why on earth she is famous is beyond me. And yes, I think her big saggy ass is totally gross–she needs to come down to earth. She should be boycotted–anyone who buys any of her stuff is a total idiot. Why make her rich when she is such a selfish, egotistical bitch who doesn’t give a crap about anyone but herself?!

  62. Ann says:

    I’d like to see a mix of cultures on the judging panel such as Mariah, Celine and Billy Idol with Randy Jackson.

  63. juniper says:

    She’s doing grrrrreat on AI. She’s respectful, strong yet compassionate, and down to earth. I always thought she was full of herself but she’s totally not that. Many of the contestants gasp when they see how beautiful she is and she still maintains that Latina humble pride. Tyler is cool and real and the “Dawg” is more cofident since that caustic, pompous, mean spirited English poopyhead left. Its about talent now anot about sitting on the edge of your seat waiting to hear the only thing Cowell was good for–creative put downs.