Jennifer Lopez Tearily Admits: Yes, I'm Leaving 'American Idol'

After much speculation, the singer-actress confirms that "the time has come" for her to leave the Fox show

Oh, J.Lo -- say it isn't so!

Hot on the heels of Steven Tyler announcing his departure from American Idol, Jennifer Lopez has confirmed that she is also packing up her glittering stilettos and giving up her seat at the judges' table after two seasons. 

After dropping some hints on yesterday's episode of the Today show, she opened up to pal and Idol host Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS-FM radio show Friday morning. "I honestly feel like the time has come for me to doing the other things I do that I've kind of put on hold because I love Idol so much," she during her emotional chat. Listen to the interview here:


Apparently, the decision has been weighing on Lopez for a while now, who told Seacrest, "I really have been torn." The star, who was only planning on being a judge on Idol for one season, says that she has stayed as long as she has because she "fell in love with the show."

"I didn't know I would be so moved emotionally...it was just such a lovely surprise in my life to do [the show]," she admitted to Seacrest. "I could do Idol for the rest of my life, but that would be giving up a bunch of other things. We had an amazing run."

J.Lo, 42, certainly has a lot on her plate -- along with being a mom to 4-year-old twins Max and Emme, she produces the reality talent show Q'Viva! with her ex Marc Anthony and is getting ready to kick off her 20-city tour with Enrique Iglesias on Saturday.

Diva lovers need not worry though. Earlier today, reports came out that Mariah Carey is "in serious talks" to become the next American Idol judge. "It's very close to being a done deal," reported Us Weekly. "And they will move Randy [Jackson] into a more mentoring role."

Of course, Carey's name isn't the only bold-faced name being bandied about as a replacement judge. Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Fergie, Katy Perry and Adam Lambert are reportedly also up for consideration.

A judges shake-up has worked for American Idol in the past -- we look forward to seeing who lands in the seats next season!

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