One-time ratings powerhouse 'American Idol' has become a bit of a punch line recently, as ratings have dropped, new judges have not worked out that well, and some have called the program "your grandparent's 'American Idol."
It seems FOX is serious about fixing the problems with the show and getting it back on the right course. Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are both leaving the program (with Jennifer Hudson rumored to be one of the new judges), and will be joined on the outside looking in by two long-time executive producers of the show.
Nigel Lythgoe, who took a break from the show during its eighth and ninth seasons but otherwise has been a mainstay, confirmed on Twitter that he got the boot.
"Just had 10 days in the Bahamas, rain every day. I get back to the States and get fired. Sad!" he tweeted. Do not feel too bad for him, though, as he will still be working with Fox on 'So You Think You Can Dance.'
"Yes, don't worry. I'm on #SYTYCD. Fox still loves me," he said. "It's not a personal thing they just feel IDOL needs new leadership after 12 Seasons."
Lythgoe was responsible for many of the theme nights on the program, which have drawn viewer criticism.
A FOX statement confirmed that Lythgoe was gone, as well as fellow executive producer Ken Warwick.
"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," the statement read.
Fox has already brought David Hill aboard to oversee 'American Idol' and 'The X Factor.'
Could these changes be what brings 'American Idol' back to the top, or is the show too far gone to compete again?