Jennifer Lopez has quit `American Idol`
The 42-year-old singer has confirmed her time as a judge on the talent show is over after two seasons to concentrate on other projects, but she insists she would`ve liked to have continued on the show for the rest of her life if it didn`t mean giving up other things.
In an emotional chat with `American Idol` host Ryan Seacrest on his `On-Air` radio show on 13.07.12, she said: "Something had to give, something has to give. I was really dreading this phone call with you.
"I honestly feel the time has come that I have to get back to doing the other things that you do, and you have to pay attention to that, too. I could keep doing `Idol` for the rest of my life, but that would be giving up a bunch of other things. I feel like we had an amazing run."
But Jennifer - who starred alongside fellow judges Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler, who on 12.07.12 confirmed he will be stepping down from the role after two series - hasn`t ruled out returning to `American Idol` as a mentor next season.
She added: "No matter what you guys need over there, I`m always going to be here. I feel there`s that tie there. I just can`t be there every day like I was for the last two years.
"It`s just one of those special things in your life you don`t want to walk away from."