Jennifer Lopez To Exit American Idol

Actress and singer Jennifer Lopez is leaving American Idol, but keep in mind that she’s done this before and it’s not clear on whether she does it to feel more welcomed by the talent show or if it’s an effort to get more money out of Fox before the next season begins.

Sources are now telling E!’s Marc Malkin that Lopez is planning to quit the show after Season 11 ends next week, because she is “too busy.” A rep for Fox declined to comment on E!’s story at this time.

There’s one thing for sure, Lopez is definitely one busy lady — besides being the mother of twins and promoting her upcoming movie, What To Expect When You’re Expecting, she is embarking on a world concert tour with Enrique Iglesias this summer — right around the time that Season 12 auditions would start filming.

But is Lopez really planning to leave the show that relaunched her once-flagging career, because she feels she no longer needs the promotion? Or is she simply holding out for more money?

Following this week’s news that Fox’s other singing show, “The X Factor,” has hired Britney Spears for a reported $15 million — the same salary that Lopez reportedly earns right now — it’s possible that she is just hoping for a raise, so she can declare that she is THE highest-paid reality judge on Fox.

As of today, Lopez has not officially resigned from the “Idol” show.

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