American Idol is 10 years old, making the show a senior citizen of TV. Over the past few weeks the FOX show has been making a few changes. The biggest one: Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe has been booted, fired, tossed to the side.
In a statement Lythgoe said, "I am truly saddened. Being part of "Idol" was "a personal life-changing experience for me." He added, "[But] if the executives that are now in charge of 'American Idol' believe that the ratings will improve with my departure, I have no complaints. It's been a great ride."