Jennifer Lopez on 'American Idol': "Maybe It's Time for Me to Go"

During an interview on Today, J.Lo hints that her days as reality singing judge may be over

She wasn't 100 percent definitive about it, but it sure sounds like Jennifer Lopez has decided to leave American Idol.

While on Thursday morning's Today show to promote her new movie Ice Age: Continental Drift, J.Lo, 42, adressed whether she will be returning for a third season of Idol judging. After playing coy for a while, the singer-dancer-actress-judge finally admitted: "I am thinking that maybe it's time for me to go." Watch the interview below!

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"It's been on my mind a lot, as you can imagine," she told Natalie Morales. "You know, I signed on to American Idol to do one year, and... I wound up doing the two years. And now it's like, 'OK, do we continue on this journey?' I've loved it so much. I enjoy the show so much. I enjoy just the whole process of the show and the whole thing. So it's a tough decision either way. But I have to say that there are so many other things that I do, and that I put on hold for that. At the end of the day, whichever way, it's a heartbreaking decision if I'm going to have to go."

So, is that a yes or a no? When Morales pushed for a more concrete answer, Lopez didn't relent.

"I know everybody wants that definite 'yes' or 'no,' and... all I can let you in on is my own thought process with it, because that's where I truly am," Lopez said. "And the truth is, I love everybody. I love all the guys on the show. I love the family that's there. Like I said, I've just enjoyed it so much. But I am thinking that maybe it's time for me to go and do other things that I really love to do."

It's no secret that Idol producers have been putting out feelers for new celebrity judges. The rumored candidates range from the sensible (Adam Lambert) to the intriguing (Miley Cyrus, Nicki Manja, Fergie and Katy Perry) to the far-fetched (Charlie Sheen?!). And those possibilities are all affected by Lopez's in-or-out status. For example, with Lopez all but stating directly that she will not return, will the producers pump up their efforts to find a stylish female pop star?

Or are Lopez's comments part of an act she's playing in the midst of lucrative contract negotiations? Lopez has done some acting in major blockbusters, but she's no Meryl Streep. Judging from this interview, she really does seem ready to go.

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