Rep Confirms: Jennifer Lopez Is Done With Idol -- 'We Had an Amazing Run,' Says J.Lo

Jennifer Lopez Quits American IdolThe day after she dropped new hints that she won’t be returning as an American Idol judge, Jennifer Lopez added more fuel to the fire — yet again conspicuously stopped short of saying, “I’m Audi!” — during a call-in to Idol host Ryan Seacrest’s radio show. Lopez’s representative, however, has since cleared the air, telling the Associated Press that his client is in fact done with the reality series. (A Fox spokesperson did not immediately respond to our request for confirmation.)

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Asked to follow-up on the comments she made during her Thursday visit to NBC’s Today — which preceded Steven Tyler’s official announcement that he himself is done with Idol —  J.Lo recounted on Seacrest’s radio show her other passions and projects, including of course music, motherhood and (theoretically) more movies, then said, “It started feeling like a lot, and something has to give. And that’s, I think, where I am right now.”

Lopez, however, measured her words carefully, likely because negotiations with the Fox hit were still ongoing and she was reportedly holding out for a big ask. (As one insider told our sister site Deadline, “They’re not inviting her back so quickly not because they’re unhappy with her, but because she wants a lot of f–king money. A lot.”)

Lopez explained to Seacrest, “I really have been torn, since… even before the [Season 11] finale. When I signed onto Idol, I signed to do one year. I wound up doing two because I just fell so in love with the show, everybody there…. It was such a lovely surprise in my life to do it. But even last year when I had to make the decision [to re-sign] it was super-tough.”

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When Seacrest pushed for a final answer on her Idol future, Lopez again hedged, saying, “I honestly feel like the time has come, that I have to get back to doing the other things I have put on hold because I love Idol so much. I could keep doing Idol for the rest of my life, but that would be giving up a bunch of other things. I just feel like we had an amazing run.”

Lopez is leaving the door open for an Idol encore in other capacities, as a mentor or guest performer. “No matter what you guys need over there, I’m always going to be here,” she avowed. “I just don’t know if I can be there every single day all the time, as we have the past two years.”

You can listen to J.Lo’s complete call-in below:

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