Jennifer Lopez Leaving American Idol, Sources Say

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While Jennifer Lopez has publicly said she has yet to make a decision about her future, numerous sources say she's all but officially leaving American Idol.

Having just been ranked as Forbes' most powerful celebrity in large part because Idol revitalized her career, J. Lo may be ready to take her talents elsewhere.

"She's just too busy," one source said, and with a tour with Enrique Iglesias kicking off this summer, with plans to go worldwide in the fall, there's no doubting that.

Pic of Jennifer Lopez

If nothing else, the next round of Idol auditions would begin while she's overseas, and all that time away from her kids is said to be wearing on her too.

"It is just like any working mom's dilemma," Lopez, who can also been seen in What to Expect When You're Expecting, told E! News this week.

"It's tough. You put them first and then you have all these other things that you have to do, and you have to make sure that they're OK. It's a balancing act."

One that may cause her to ride off into the sunset ... but not if Fox has its way. A network source said, "Fox does not want to let her go. They love her."

Enough to double her $20 million salary to keep her? Stay tuned.


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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]