Nigel Lythgoe Exits 'American Idol' To Focus On 'Dance' — And Something Else

Nigel LythgoeLongtime "American Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, the man who has been pulling the strings during the show's live broadcasts, has confirmed that he's leaving the program to focus on spreading the "So You Think You Can Dance" gospel around the world. He also said he is working on an unspecified new venture with fellow "Idol" producer and co-creator Simon Fuller. Then again, his departure comes after the show's uneven eighth season and amid suggestions that the highest-rated show on TV might be losing steam.

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