TVLine Items: Bones' American Idol Exit Confirmed, Queer Eye Trailer and More

Bobby Bones Exits American Idol

Bobby Bones, who been MIA from American Idol Season 20 promos thus far, has confirmed that his four-year run as the reality-TV juggernaut’s in-house mentor has come to an end.

“My contract with my new network won’t let me do another show right now,” Bones somewhat-cryptically shared during a recent Instagram AMA. “Love Idol, BTW. Was a great 4 years.”

Bones shared zero details on his new commitment (“The network hasn’t even announced the show yet”), other than to say, “As soon as I can say [why I was in Costa Rica], I will…. But it’s a really good show.”

Bones this Friday night co-hosted CBS’ New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash, with ET‘s Rachel Smith.

American Idol launches its milestone 20th season (and fifth on ABC) on Sunday, Feb. 27 at 8/7c.

Ready for some more recent newsy nuggets? Well…

* Real Time With Bill Maher will return for Season 20 on Friday, Jan. 21 at 10/9c on HBO.

* Peacock’s six-part sports documentary Joe Montana: Cool Under Pressure will debut its first two episodes on Thursday, Jan. 6. Watch a trailer here.

* Netflix has released a trailer for Queer Eye Season 6, premiering Friday, Dec. 31:

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