Katy Perry announced on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Monday night that this upcoming season of “American Idol” will be her final one as a judge, and it certainly sparked a little bit of a fireworks.
Perry was a guest on “Kimmel” on Monday night. Perry indicated she was planning her departure from “Idol” after this upcoming season, in response to the host’s question on how long she would stay on the show. Perry has been on the show for seven seasons since it relocated to ABC in 2018. Perry stated that although she had a gig at the “Rock in Rio” festival in June, she was prepared to move on.
Along with Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, Perry joined the show. The trio has served as judges for the ABC version of “Idol” since the show’s transfer to the Alphabet network. But Perry said, “They’ll find out tonight,” in response to the question of whether Bryan and Richie were aware that she was leaving.
It doesn’t seem like plans are in place yet for Perry’s replacement. Perry stated that she, Bryan, and Richie will now have served for the same seven seasons as the original judges of “American Idol,” Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell, who helped establish the program on Fox in 2002.