Two longtime producers leave 'American Idol'

Fox said Sunday that longtime executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick are exiting the singing contest. Its 12th season ended in May with a record low-rated finale.

Nicki Minaj poses backstage at the "American Idol" finale at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live on Thursday, May 16, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Add two more departures to the "American Idol" post-season tally.

Fox said Sunday that longtime executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick are exiting the singing contest. Its 12th season ended in May with a record low-rated finale.

The producers follow judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson out the door.

Jackson was an original panelist. Minaj and Carey joined this season, and their on-air bickering proved uncomfortable for viewers and contestants.

The fate of Keith Urban, the other newcomer, is uncertain, and Fox didn't announce who would replace the producers.

In a statement, Fox and the companies behind "American Idol" thanked Lythgoe and Warwick for their work and said they looked forward to working with them on other projects.

Lythgoe is the producer and a judge for Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance."
Associated Press
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