Jennifer Lopez has dropped hints that she may not return to famed talent competition show “American Idol” next season.
During her promotional interview for her new film “What to Expect When Your Expecting” with fellow actress Cameron Diaz on the Ellen DeGeneres show, Lopez said of Idol:
“I really do enjoy it. Now this is my second year — I don’t know if I can go for a third year. I miss doing other things. It really does lock you down, which was nice the first year with the babies being three, but now they’re getting more mobile, they’re about to go into school … So I just don’t know.”
Sources close to the production of the hit Fox show say that the network doesn’t want to lose Lopez, but a source close to the singer — who is set to embark on a summer tour with Enrique Iglesias that will most likely turn into a world tour in the fall — tells E! News that she’s just simply “too busy” to be apart of the next season of American Idol.
“There is just too much going on for her right now,” the source explained. “She regrets she can’t stay on the show. It’s been an incredible experience and she is forever grateful that she did it.”
Along with rock legend Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez joined American Idol in 2010 for Season 10 and allegedly received a $12 million paycheck.
Her pay for Season 11 was upped to $20 million, which landed her the top spot on Forbes Magazine’s 2012 list of the most powerful celebrities.