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Nigel Lythgoe Fired from American Idol

Posted by on June 10, 2013 at 11:55 AM EST

Fox has confirmed that Brit Nigel Lythgoe has been fired from American Idol after producing the reality singing show for the last 12 years.

Lythgoe, aka “Nasty Nigel” for his acerbic comments, who’s 63, announced on Twitter at the weekend that he wouldn’t be working on the talent show any more.

He wrote: “Just had 10 days in the Bahamas, rain every day. I get back to the US and get fired. Sad!”

But he added: “It’s not personal, they just feel Idol needs new leadership.”

Lythoge previously worked on British programs like Blind Date and Gladiators in the 1990s, and in 2000 became a judge on the UK talent show, Popstars, which made his name.

In 2002 he launched American Idol in the States, with Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul as the main judges. He also judges So You Think You Can Dance on Sky 1.

The most recent season of Idol saw ratings tumble to their lowest in 12 years, and three judges have now left the show, leaving only Keith Urban still in place.

Lythgoe’s fellow producer Ken Warwick is also leaving the show. Fox said it was looking forward to working with both men on other projects.

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