Jennifer Lopez asked for $17 million for ‘Idol’, and producers refused

When we discussed Jennifer Lopez’s announcement on Friday, I said that I was disappointed in her decision to quit American Idol. I read it as Jennifer quitting a show that had given her career a second act, and that she probably left after a squabble about money (and/or scheduling). But! Some of you theorized that with Jennifer AND Steven Tyler’s hasty exits, that they had been pushed out rather than deciding to leave of their own volition. The Wrap and Radar agrees with that theory – their sources claim that Jennifer asked for a $2 million bump in salary, and Idol was all “Eh. Not so much.”

Jennifer Lopez says it was her choice to leave “American Idol” — but the singer was actually dumped by Fox when she asked for a $2 million raise in salary to $17 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told TheWrap.

Fox also opted not to pick up Steven Tyler’s option, the person said. Tyler announced his departure Thursday, saying he had decided to devote his energies to his first love, Aerosmith. Lopez said she wanted to focus on other aspects of her career and her children.

The exits — and the possible departure of Randy Jackson, widely speculated to be considering an exit after judging on all 11 seasons of the former No. 1 show — come as it undergoes another dramatic overhaul, just two seasons after the show was retooled by introducing Tyler and Lopez.

The insider said top Fox executives Peter Rice and Kevin Reilly want to revamp the show, and that Rice has told colleagues he wants an “Idol 2.0,” of which host Ryan Seacrest would be the only essential ingredient.

A Fox spokeswoman declined to comment.

The insider said J. Lo’s fee went from $12 million in her first season to $15 million in her second. When she asked for another $2 million, the network surprised her by not making a counteroffer.

“Idol” lost its top spot in the ratings to NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” last season after eight years of dominance. In their two seasons, Tyler and Lopez helped prop up the show. But they could not return it to its former dominance as the sing-off market became glutted with competition, including NBC’s “The Voice” and Fox’s “X Factor” from ex-”Idol” judge Simon Cowell.

That glut — which also includes ABC’s “Duets” — has created a mini gold rush for singers.

Many music stars are being considered to replace Lopez and Tyler, including Mariah Carey — whom Cowell has long sought for “X Factor” — Kanye West, Mary J. Blige and Lenny Kravitz.

If Jackson stays with “Idol,” he has an inside track with Carey that his former “Idol” colleague lacked: Jackson is Carey’s manager.

[From The Wrap]

So it was about money AND it was about being dumped. Allegedly. I could see it playing out like this – Jennifer wasn’t sure if she wanted to do another season but she wanted to see how much they would give her, and when they didn’t dump at the chance to pay her $17 million, she saw the writing on the wall and it became a “mutual” decision. And poor Steven Tyler!

As for the names being mentioned as possible replacements… well, you know Mariah would be a glorious trainwreck and people would simply tune in to see THE MARIAH SHOW, also known as American Idol WITH MARIAH CAREY. Mary J. Blige has the benefit of being actually qualified to mentor young talent and give good criticism, so obviously she’s probably not really in the running. Lenny Kravitz would be interesting – have you ever seen him in a television interview? He’s actually a really good sport, and he doesn’t mind making fun of himself. He would be interesting. And Kanye… well, if Mariah is on board, then I really hope and pray that Kanye signs on too. Because that would be MAGIC!! Kanye + Mariah = MUST SEE TV.

Here are some photos of Jennifer performing in Montreal over the weekend:

Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet.

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  1. lisa2 says:

    Where is she going to get a free stage to showcase her music and boyfriend. Her last movie was anything but successful so with so many younger and even women her age competing for roles what is she thinking is going to happen. I don’t think audiences are buying the romantic comedies as much.

    I’m curious what is going to happen with her.

    • Susan says:

      What else can she do but some dance show in Vegas?

      • Ed Varilo says:

        That’s what is was trying to do with her Q’Viva the Chosen talent show in Las Vegas, she made into a Vegas dance show, she even stated herself I hope they meaning “Vegas” seen what a dance show I can do, leaving out that this was supposed to be a talent show, not about her, anyway she fired from Idol and do her career without Idol, just like it was in 2010 before Idol pick her up as a judge.

    • gg says:

      Me too! She’s rather limited in her desirable skills. And her singing and acting are not really desirable ones if you ask me. As a personality, she’s maybe a little more interesting. But even that is limited. What’s she going to do – try for a chat show? icch.

    • Xogami says:

      To be fair, it wasn’t her movie, Cameron, Elizabeth Banks were also in it, it was an ensemble comedy so it wasn’t her fault, it underperformed.

  2. Bek says:

    I would love, love, LOVE to see American Idol if Mariah and Kanye were two of the judges. They’re both so not tied to reality, that it would make great tv.

    • Susan says:

      +1. I haven’t watched this show yet this decade, but for Mariah, I’d tune in.

      • Lizzie K says:

        I’d love it if it happened, but I just don’t see Mariah ever following in JLo’s footsteps. Mariah doesn’t know her.

  3. brin says:

    The ratings were low (possibly the lowest)on AI last season so now way was she getting more money and I guess it was time for a change.
    *A big yes for Lenny Kravitz!*

    • beyonce's bump says:

      Ya, I think AI has reached its climax/ ran its course four years ago tbh. There are just too much other things on tv right now.

      • Lindy says:

        Yeah, totally agree. AI is just plain boring now. I’ve never been a big AI fan, anyhow, but I think it’s time for the show to end. If JLo thought she could wring that kind of money out the show, she’s crazy. Now that I think of it, I’m kind of ready for JLo to be done, too. She’s stuck in a previous decade and has always been better at self-promotion than at singing or acting.

  4. Jackie O says:

    im sure due to competing shows, they want judges who are young and/or controversial. lenny and mary j. aren’t either of those things.

  5. Ella says:

    Those costumes are just foul, not to mention tacky.

  6. lucy2 says:

    Mary J would probably be great, so yeah, that won’t happen.

    Mariah is nuts, but at least she has singing talent, unlike JLo and her predecessor Paula.

  7. Jacq says:

    Can someone please post the link to MichaelK’s video in which Mariah calls JLo “I don’t know her?” it’s hilarious

  8. phaksi says:

    The judges on american idol bored me to tears. They definetly need new blood

  9. AnnieN says:

    I can’t stand Kanye but I would watch a clip of him interrupting Mariah and getting bitch slapped. I will also watch any other permutation of that, since his ego is so big. I like Mariah and she will be be around way longer than the Kanyes and JLos of today. Maybe if Kanye wasn’t such a douche I would appreciate his talents more.

    • Kosmos says:

      I LOVE Mariah Carey, who at least has TRUE talent, and lots of it. Jennifer is a false flashy mess, with little or no real talent.

    • LastDaze says:

      Maybe if Kanye wasn’t such a douche I would appreciate his talents more.

      From your lips to God’s ears.

  10. ZigZagZoey says:

    GREEDY GREEDY GREEDY BITCH with an amazingly distorted view of what she is worth.

    Oh and quite a distorted view of what she looks like in that sparkly leotard too. It’s HIDEOUS and I never want to see her in it again.

    • mayamae says:

      I will never forgive AI for reinvigorating her career.

    • skuddles says:

      Totally agree with your entire comment ZigZagZoey!

    • mary simon says:

      She is so not worth the money. She has been as mediocre on AI as she is on stage. Sounds like more career advice from Caspar -”You’re better than them, baby” – we’ll see where she is in another year.

  11. QQ says:

    Hahahahahhahahahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahahahahhahahahahjahahahahhahaha Dumb Greedy Untalented Bitch, Please! Hahahahahhahahahhahahahhahahahahahahahjahaha

  12. nunya beeswax says:

    For someone who can’t sing worth a deers first salt lick, she sure is asking for a lot. Bish pls.

  13. valleymiss says:

    If they want Mariah, and I really hope they get her, they’ll have to pay her at least $17m. She HATES J Lo and would have to be hired for more than they were willing to pay J Lo. Her ego won’t allow it otherwise.

    Mariah is hilarious (look up her greatest HSN moments on youtube!). I haven’t watched Idol since Season 1, but I would totally watch if they brought her on. Kanye would also be a great addition. Not sure who a good 3rd person would be, though. Actually, someone like Dolly Parton would be great, since she’d balance out the 2 “urban, r&b” judges and be able to judge the country/rock stuff.

    J Lo had some nerve asking for a $2m raise when the ratings only dropped when she was on!

  14. Nessa says:

    The biggest question of all is: who would actually pay to go see a J. Lo concert??? What is this world coming to?

  15. Ol'Miss says:

    Wow…I woke up feeling mean! It looks like J-Lo, in the last pic, is wearing one of those costumes where another whole person is the back end of the horse or whatever animal! She’s the front, “butt” who’s the back? See…woke up mean.

  16. T.C. says:

    Jlo didn’t learn anything from Paula’s firing. The ratings are going down but you are asking for more money? Please. Sit down Jennifer Lopez. Now a Mariah and Kanye show I would watch. So much ego on ego. So much lulzy.

  17. bns says:

    Don’t be fooled by the rocks that I got.
    I’m still, I’m still Jenny from the Block.

    • mary simon says:

      Still Jenny from the block
      Minus 17 mill
      Did my big ass walk
      Away from the AI till
      Gonna regret my Diva talk
      When my career goes downhill.

  18. Amy says:

    She can’t sing. She can’t act. She’s not uncommonly pretty. I don’t get it. Where does she get these airs?

  19. JustBored says:

    They need to get rid of Ryan Seacrest too while they’re at it. He’s so smug, his time has come too.

  20. Kosmos says:

    AMEN….I want her OFF the show, finally. She thinks she is the cat’s meow and the best and hottest thing to happen to us, LOL, but in truth, she’s barely talented at all, and her acting ability is very bad, too, sorry. I’m just hoping she is not on our TV screens again. Go away, Jennifer, pleeze….you are only a goddess in YOUR eyes, not ours….

  21. catfromfla says:

    She needs to throw a sparkly pareo over her bedazzled self and sashay her fat ass back to the block.

    • mary simon says:

      bwahahaha -”sashay her fat ass back to the block”! (and she can take her heavy, stumpy legs back to the block, too!)

  22. NeNe says:

    I really hope they stick with this, and don’t at the last minute decide to give her the money she wants. I heard a rumor that Aretha Franklin was interested in being on the show, and that Patti LaBelle wanted to come too. Now that is true talent. I think that would do wonders for the show.

    I certainly hope that JLO could fit through the exit door with that giant ego of hers. It’s time for her to beat it!!!