Nigel Lythgoe served as executive producer on “American Idol” since its beginning, but was fired as the show attempts to reinvent itself for season 13. While Lythgoe admits he is sad to leave, he is glad to be have been part of the show.
“[I am] truly saddened to be leaving a great team of friends and colleagues,” Lythgoe said. “If the executives that are now in charge of ‘American Idol’ believe that the ratings will improve with my departure, I have no complaints. … It has been a great ride and I’ve loved every moment of it.”
Now that he’s got a bit more time on his hands, Lythgoe will be focusing on his other show “So You Think You Can Dance” and his company, Nigel Lythgoe Productions. Even though he is leaving, it seems the achievements of “Idol” were well worth the hard work.
“It has been a tremendous honor to launch and build ‘American Idol’ over the course of a decade and to see it recognized with 51 nominations and six Emmy Awards, including the Academy’s highest honor, the Governor’s Award,” Lythgoe said in a statement. “To be a part of the spin-off program, ‘Idol Gives Back,’ was incredible. As well as raising nearly $200 million for various charities, it was a personal life-changing experience for me.”