TMZ.com is reporting that Nigel Lythgoe has left “American Idol.” Nigel has served as the show’s executive producer for all seven seasons.
The report quotes sources as saying that Nigel had told people he just wasn’t “passionate” about the show anymore and that it was time for someone else to step in.
TMZ.com also reports that Nigel is working on a new venture with “Idol” guru Simon Fuller and that he plans to spend more time focusing on “So You Think You Can Dance,” where he is an executive producer and judge.
No confirmation on this story yet from any other sources, but if it is true it leads to a question…
Did Nigel really step down of his own free will or was he asked to leave in order to shake the show up creatively?
I didn’t always agree with everything Nigel did, but I think he will be missed…
What do you guys think?