Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Nigel Is Indeed Out

So, it’s official. Nigel Lythgoe has left “American Idol.” However, he has not left 19 Entertainment, as some have erroneously reported…

You may remember that Nigel is also the president of 19 Entertainment Television.

In a statement to the media yesterday (as quoted on TVGuide.com), Nigel said he would be traveling to South Africa, Australia and Canada to work on local versions of “So You Think You Can Dance.”

“[As such] I will step back from my day-to-day producing work on ‘American Idol’ and will be devoting my time to a new venture with Simon Fuller.”

In the statement, Fuller praised Nigel’s work and said that they were “now looking at developing a number of shows” through the joint venture…