Jennifer Lopez Weighs In On Steven Tyler’s American Idol Exit

Jennifer Lopez on American Idol

On Thursday, the news broke that Steven Tyler would not be returning to American Idol for Season 12. Today, the fate of fellow judges Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson is still up in the air, but Jennifer has made  some comments on Steven’s exit and a desire to return to the show.

“I can’t even imagine anyone else there right now because I’ve just spent two years sitting next to him,” she told the Associated Press. “I love Steven, and we became close during that time. We were a great support for each other, on an adventure that neither one of us knew what it was going to be. So it’s hard to hear that he won’t be doing it.”

As for whether or not she’ll be a part of American Idol 2012 is still uncertain but it sounds like she’s leaning more toward not returning.

“All hope is never lost, not all hope, but at the same time, there are too many things that I need to think about,” she said. “I know they want me back, I know that I want to go back, but it’s not as simple as that. When I started Idol … I signed on for one year. I didn’t even think about doing it for two years, let alone three years. To make the decision to go back a second year was a big deal for me.”

On the Today Show Thursday, her hints were definitely leaning more toward “no.”

“I know everybody wants that definite ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ and … all I can let you in on is my own thought process with it, because that’s where I truly am. And the truth is, I love everybody. I love all the guys on the show. I love the family that’s there. Like I said, I’ve just enjoyed it so much. But I am thinking that maybe it’s time for me to go and do other things that I really love to do.”

Would you like to see JLo return as a judge?





  1. No , but Now it doesn’t Matter anymore to me , Im A HUGE AEROSMITH FAN !!!!!

  2. JLo was a kind spirit on the show but she should have never been allowed to air that video. It was way over the top for a family show. 

    Has anyone ever heard of D’Avonte Meadows??

    He is a first grader(6 years old). He was suspended from school for singing “I’m S exy And I Know It” by LMFAO and shaking his private parts near a little girl’s head as she knelt on the floor in school. 

    Whether you agree with the punishment or not there is one thing you can’t do in this situation. That’s blame the parents. This is a song that airs on every channel and you never know when the M&M’s ad is going to pop up. There is no rating system for commercials and in some respect things like this are like a sneak attack when you are trying to govern what your children are watching on TV. Not to mention it’s a commercial for candy and the song is sang by a little anime M&M guy. It’s not an ad for an adult product that the child would probably pay no attention to. It’s aimed at children for Heaven’s sake. All that said it’s almost guaranteed that children are going to be influenced by it. Now how do you explain to your child that they deserve to be punished for their behavior and then reward adults for the same behavior on a family show? 

    I think it’s time for Jennifer to go and American Idol to clean up it’s act a little. If you like things a little more on the racy side you have Christina on the voice. She shows enough skin for 5 reality shows.

    • ITA or else move Idol to a later time slot.  And, PLEASE, raise the age limits back up to 18-30.  We don’t need 15 year olds sending a message to young teens to “forget school I want to be a star”.  

      • Its the first thing I”ve agree with you in a long time…..Raise the minimum age back to 18.   Kids should concentrate on school, proms and graduations not sexy clothes, promos and advertising cars.

    • I am not arguing with you sir/mam, but you seem a bit puritanical at times, which in this day and age is sweet.  But, I believe this may be a generational, terriotorial or religious situation we have here.   Everyone has things that offend them.  Nowadays watching performance television is almost like swimming without a lifeguard.  Although I didn’t enjoy JLo’s performance, I wouldn’t call it over the top.   I am not being facetious…if this is problematic for you, don’t watch or like a lot of disgruntled viewers, contact the network.  Ciao 🙂

      • You, my dear, are confused! I mean really confused!

        Let me pick this apart piece by piece because your comment doesn’t pass the test of common sense or reason on it’s face.

        If you think that religion is the only barrier that determines that a child shouldn’t display sexuality at an inappropriate age to an unwilling participant then you don’t need to be walking free in our society. It is not acceptable in any realm of social behavior, whether religion is involved or not!!!

        You state that watching performance TV is like swimming without a lifeguard as if it’s just some natural occurrence that nobody can do anything about. It doesn’t have to be that way. In fact that is the very thing I am opposing. That doesn’t have to just be an accepted fact. It can be changed if enough people can see the negative impacts of it and speak out to get it changed. Unless of course you are an adult and enjoy that sort of thing, in which case you should go buy a ticket or add a premium channel to your entertainment package so that it’s not forced on everyone else just to satisfy your personal, perverted taste! The rest of us should be able to tune in to a public channel and enjoy a program without being offended by gyrating, scantily clad individuals all but having intercourse right in front of our and our children’s eyes. Also we should be able to have family time enjoying a program without worrying if something is suddenly going to appear on our TV that is going to negatively impact our children as it did the young man I talked about in that post. Bottom line; the ad caused a problem and that is what we should be trying to avoid. 

        I do not want to go back to the “Leave It To Beaver” or “Father Knows Best” days but the scale has now tipped the other direction and needs to be righted for the betterment of society as a whole.

        And lastly. I think that is the problem with the show now. Too many people are deciding NOT to watch. They want the ratings to go up and if everyone who feels the way I do about it just simply stops watching, it is not going to be good for the program. So your solution of not watching is obviously NOT what the producers of the show would suggest. They need to make changes that will attract more viewers. 

        Do you think?????!!!!!

        Just sayin……..

        P.S. I don’t know how old you are but if you are telling me that human decency and dignified behavior are outdated then I am not buying that argument. So I don’t think it’s a generational matter at all!

      • @Taymaro:  I refuse to go tit for tat with you.  Enjoy the show.  It might be a challenge as the rumored judges are Mariah, Miley and Adam.  Yipes.

  3. YESSSSSSS!!! Get that hag out of there.  She left.  Good riddance.

    Replace her w/ someone like Martina McBride.  A lot of good names too choose from.  Please no one who’s a teenager or early 20’s for a judge. 

    I’d also be ok w/ a 2 female, 1 guy panel.  There isn’t a law that says it’s gotta be 2 guys w/ 1 gal is there?  If it’s 2 guys & a gal, that’s ok too.  Just saying I’m open to either. 

    There’s a whole slew of good choices out there. Kelly &  Adam are both former contestants.  I’d like to see at least 1 of them become a judge, if not both. 

    My #1 choice though, over anyone, would be Martina. 

  4. I loved see Adam Lambert be a judge and wish you get Randy off  as well he been there too long.he talks way to much since he not big star in years.get a judge of younger views for change. they ones making the music

  5. As I told you, she is trying to get a ton of money…I mean a ton, which she doesn’t even think she will get. But AI has not told her no yet.  

  6. If she goes…oh well…..but if thats the case then I think Randy should stay.  Three new judges would change the dynamics of the show……I think !!!!!!

    •  I think that is the point, the dynamics of the show need to change.

    • I totally agree with you.  I think people who’ve watched the show for eleven years want at least one of the original three judges.   If too many changes are made, it won’t make the show better, it will make it a new show.  I don’t know why Randy is so hated by a lot of the posters.  I think he has the most love for the show and proves it by staying on year after year and not jumping ship like all the others.

  7. YES, she and steven was the best judges i thought. they all three seemed to like all the screaming and hollering, and did not like at all.

  8. No I won’t miss her!The reason why is she can’t sing,therefore should not be judging a singing competition.Steven Tyler on the flip side CAN sing,he is an amazing singer.But he sucked badly as a judge!They both sucked and I won’t miss them at all!

  9. I have enjoyed the show so much more with judges Steven, Jennifer and Randy. I wished we would have them all back…. I think having had Steven on the show brought the show  to life and made me laugh. He is so funny.
    Love you all.

  10. I will be so disappointed if J Lo is not there next year, it will not be the same…love her attitude and encouragement!!!!

  11. guys its been confirmed kara diouguordi is coming back rany is staying and nicki minaj will also be judging

    •  Kara the contastant????????????????!!!!Ooo my God if u mean that Kara thats great cause that season i thought that her elimination was too soon and unfair….and judge niki minage???????!!!!!!!!!NooOOooooo Plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz NoOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  12. AI is the most watched show in America that was proven on the big Fanilly with all the votes that were counted. Hey ,if it isn’t broke don’t fix it. 

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