A day after Steven Tyler said he was quitting American Idol, Jennifer Lopez throws in the towel as well.Jennifer Lopez has taken the lead from fellow judge Steven Tyler in quitting American Idol.
Lopez confirmed she would not be back for a third year on US television's top-rated, but struggling show.
The 42-year-old's decision came a day after Aerosmith frontman Tyler announced he was leaving.
That means the Idol panel is down to one - the original judge Randy Jackson - and there are reports that he may take a different role when the show returns next January.
Lopez broke the news to Idol host Ryan Seacrest on his radio show, telling him: "I really was dreading this phone call with you.
"I honestly feel like the time has come that I have to get back to doing the other things that I do that I've put kind of on hold because I love Idol so much."
American Idol has been US television's most popular programme for nearly a decade, turning hopefuls such as Jennifer Hudson into stars.
But its ratings have declined as TV's talent show field has grown more competitive.
Speculation about potential new panellists has focused on Mariah Carey.
Much is at stake for not just the show, but its judges as well.
Lopez's contract was reportedly worth $12m (£7.7m) and the stint proved a career-booster for her.
Tyler started the exodus with his announcement that he was putting rock 'n' roll ahead of the show that he said had been "over-the-top fun".
Rock 'n' roll comes first for Aerosmith frontman
The 64-year-old explained: "I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I'm back.
"But instead of begging on my hands and knees, I got two fists in the air and I'm kicking the door open with my band."
Aerosmith are currently on a tour of the US with Tyler, and the band have an album due out in the autumn.
Before she announced she was quitting as well, Lopez said she was saddened to hear Tyler was leaving and his departure would play a role in her decision.
"I can't even imagine anyone else there right now because I've just spent two years sitting next to him," she said.
"I love Steven, and we became close during that time. We were a great support for each other, on an adventure that neither one of us knew what it was going to be. So it's hard to hear that he won't be doing it."
Randy Jackson and his "dawg!" exclamations have been a stalwart part of American Idol.
But the show's multi-year contracts, such as the one Jackson signed, typically include an escape clause that the network can choose to exercise or not.
Seacrest, the other original cast member, will provide stability for the show.
He signed a two-year contract with American Idol producers this spring to continue as host.
Culled from Sky News