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Every Judge Who Left 'American Idol' & Why - Find Out the Real Reason Why Stars Said They Were Leaving the Show

American Idol is a cultural institution.

The reality TV competition show – which kicked off as Pop Idol in the U.K. before launching in America in 2012 – has since spread all around the world with a bunch of international versions, all boasting major superstars for judges.

After airing on Fox from 2002 to 2016 for 15 seasons, it was on hiatus for two years until 2018, when a revival of the series began on ABC, and it’s aired ever since.

Over the years, plenty of talent has judged and mentored the contestants all the way to the top. And one by one, all of them have eventually left the show to go on and do other things – even the last remaining original judge from the U.S. series.

We’ve rounded up all of the judges who have since departed from American Idol, along with the explanations they’ve given for why they left the show.

Scroll through to see every judge who left American Idol and why…

Chris Martin Supports His Pal Max Martin at Broadway Opening of '& Juliet' Musical!

Chris Martin and Max Martin might not be related, but they are still super supportive of each other!

Chris stepped out to support Max at the opening night performance of his new Broadway musical & Juliet on Thursday night (November 17) at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in New York City.

& Juliet is a multi-generational story of self-discovery, empowerment and love, imagining what would happen next if Juliet hadn’t ended it all over Romeo, and got a second chance at life and love – on her terms. The musical uses songs from Max‘s catalog, including “Since U Been Gone,” “Roar,” “Baby One More Time,” “Larger Than Life,” “That’s The Way It Is,” “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” and many more.

Chris and Max only recently started working together for Coldplay‘s 2021 album Music of the Spheres.

Also in attendance at the opening were Simon Cowell and his partner Lauren Silverman, Schitt’s Creek star Annie Murphy, and The Greatest Showman actress Keala Settle, who starred in the show in London.

Check out the cast album right now!

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Simon Cowell Teases a Future For 'The X Factor' In Both the US & UK

Good news for fans of The X Factor.

According to Simon Cowell, the popular singing competition series might be making a comeback in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

The U.S. version of the show ran from 2011 to 2013 and famously birthed Fifth Harmony. Meanwhile, the U.K. version has been off-air since 2018 but features a star-studded cast of competitors including One Direction and Little Mix.

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How Simon Cowell's Son Is Helping Him Quit Smoking

Simon Cowell is busy launching his new music talent show StemDrop, but also shared his son Eric has been helping him quit smoking!

The 63-year-old former American Idol judge said that with the help of his 8-year-old son, he has actually been “cutting down” on his smoking recently.

“He is really strict. If he catches me, it’s like being back in school. He’s the teacher. I have to sneak behind the hedges and I’m having my four puffs and I can see him following me around, but I said to him the other day, ‘Thanks to you, I’ve nearly quit,’” Simon told Extra.

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NBC Announces 'America's Got Talent: All Stars' Season - Judges & Host Revealed!

NBC has announced a new edition of America’s Got Talent!

The network will be airing a new spinoff called America’s Got Talent: All-Stars, which will “feature winners, finalists, fan favorites, and viral sensations from previous seasons of the mothership series and Got Talent franchises around the world,” according to Deadline.

NBC previously aired two seasons of America’s Got Talent: The Champions back in 2019 and 2020 and this sounds like it will be a similar version!

The judges and host for AGT: All-Stars have been announced.

Click through the slideshow to see who will be on the panel…

Kelly Clarkson Brings Her Two Kids To Walk of Fame Star Ceremony

Kelly Clarkson‘s two children, River Rose and Remington Blackstock, are all grown up!

The 40-year-old singer and talk show host was surrounded by more family members and the original American Idol judges – Randy Jackson, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul – for her Walk Of Fame Star Ceremony on Monday (September 19) in Hollywood.

All three former Idol judges spoke about Kelly during her ceremony before she posed for pictures with her official star.

“Where we were very lucky with Kelly was that not only could we find someone with a hell of a good voice, but she also had this amazing sense of humor, personality, charisma,” Simon shared in a press release, adding that American Idol would not have so popular if not for Kelly.

Kelly‘s star is the 2,733rd on the landmark and is located at 6801 Hollywood Blvd in front of Ovation Hollywood.

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Simon Cowell's Son Eric Looks So Grown Up at 'America's Got Talent' 2022 Live Show!

Simon Cowell had some very special guests join him on the red carpet!

The 62-year-old TV personality was joined by fiancee Lauren Silverman and their 8-year-old son Eric on the red carpet ahead of the latest live show of America’s Got Talent on Tuesday (September 13) at the Sheraton Pasadena Hotel in Pasadena, Calif.

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For the show, Eric looked so grown up wearing a blue Lacoste polo shirt with jeans and white sneakers as Simon sported his usual gray T-shirt and black pants while Lauren donned a silk, dark red one-shoulder dress.

Simon usually keeps his son out of the spotlight. The last public event Eric attended was back in 2018 when he was 4-years-old and Simon was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

If you missed it, Simon recently reunited with a former American Idol contestant.

Click through the gallery inside for the new photos of Simon Cowell on the red carpet with Lauren Silverman and their son Eric…

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