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'American Idol' Producer Nigel Lythgoe Says 'Too Soon' For Reboot

Former American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe is speaking out about the show’s upcoming reboot.

The longtime producer of the reality series thinks it might be too soon to bring back the show, which has been off the air for a little over a year.

“They got their wish, but it feels a little too soon to bring it back,” he told Variety.

Nigel added that he still “loves the show,” but thinks that there should only be a revival “when there is public demand that it come back.”

While Nigel says hasn’t been contacted to return to the show, he added, “I’m delighted for them if they bring it back, and I’m looking forward to seeing it again. Hopefully they find some new angles for Idol.”

Jada Pinkett-Smith Brings Mother Adrienne to Debbie Allen's 'Freeze Frame' Premeire!

Jada Pinkett-Smith happily strikes a pose with her mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones while attending the U.S. premiere of Debbie Allen’s Freeze Frame held at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday (February 4) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 44-year-old Gotham actress was also joined at the event by Shonda Rhimes, Grey’s Anatomy star James Pickens, Jr., Tony Goldwyn and his sister Liz, Mary J. Blige, Joey McIntyre, Phylicia Rashad, Maria Shriver, Dan Bucatinsky, Nigel Lythgoe, Corbin Bleu and Debbie Allen herself.

Freeze Frame will take audiences on a rollercoaster ride through some of LA’s toughest streets where gangs, poverty, violence, and drugs are an everyday reality.

“It’s like all these souls keep speaking to me and it’s like we’ve got to do something about it,” Debbie told THR. “Yeah, people should be able to have guns. But let’s do it in a safe way. Let’s be reasonable and let’s give some more education and opportunity, and help people that are in need who become desperate.”

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Ben McKenzie & Morena Baccarin Are 'Gotham' Duo at Fox Upfronts

Ben McKenzie is dapper while attending the 2015 FOX programming presentation at Wollman Rink in Central Park on Monday (May 11) in New York City.

The 36-year-old actor was seen posing with Morena Baccarin while promoting their show Gotham.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ben McKenzie

Also in attendance were So You Think You Can Dance‘s Cat Deeley and Nigel Lythgoe, Grandfathered‘s John Stamos, The Grinder‘s Fred Savage, Last Man on Earth‘s Will Forte, New Girl‘s Hannah Simone, BonesDavid Boreanaz, Minority Report‘s Wilmer Valderrama, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Terry Crews.

Morena has been busy shooting her upcoming film Deadpool with co-star Ryan Reynolds.

FYI: Ben is dressed head to toe in Emporio Armani with a Movado watch. Morena is wearing a Shoshanna Midnight dress. Hannah is wearing a Tanya Taylor dress.

25+ pictures inside of Ben McKenzie and Morena Baccarin at the Fox Upfronts…More Here! »

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Mariah Carey & Nicki Minaj's 'American Idol' Casting Was a 'Major Failing,' Says Nigel Lythgoe

American Idol‘s former producer Nigel Lythgoe is speaking out about the show’s cancellation and why he thinks hiring Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj was a mistake.

“It’s the right thing to do,” he told Billboard. “I’m a huge fan of boxing, and it’s like when you’re watching a real heavyweight boxer getting to the end of their career, and all these young whippersnappers are coming up: You’ve got to know when to retire.”

Nigel says that the show was key for Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler‘s careers, but not for the other two.

Mariah and Nicki was just crazy, and then it really started becoming about the judges and took away from the contestants altogether,” he said. “I think that was a major failing on the part of casting to have those two together. On their own, either one may have been successful.”

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Julie Bowen & Eric Stonestreet: Jesse Tyler Ferguson's Wedding!

Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet arrive at their Modern Family co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson‘s wedding to Justin Mikita on Saturday (July 20) in New York City.

The cast mates were joined at the wedding by Rebecca Romijn with her husband Jerry O’Connell, Padma Lakshmi, Cat Deeley, and Nigel Lythgoe.

Jesse and Justin wed in a ceremony in front of two hundred of their friends and family.

“Never been happier. XO Goodnight!” Jesse tweeted that evening, while Justin wrote, “Husband.”

Congrats again to the very happy couple!

FYI: Rebecca is wearing a Clover Canyon dress.

15+ pictures inside of Julie Bowen, Eric Stonestreet, and more at Jesse Tyler Ferguson‘s wedding… More Here! »

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