Katy Perry Announces Departure from "American Idol"
In a shocking revelation, celebrated singer Katy Perry announced her departure from the hit show "American Idol" during an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" last night. For the past seven years, Perry has served as a judge on the popular singing competition, alongside musicians Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.
When Kimmel broached the subject, Perry initially avoided giving a direct response. Instead, she mentioned her excitement about performing at Brazil's Rock in Rio music festival later this year. However, she soon dropped the bombshell, stating, "I think this will be my last show, my last season for 'Idol.' I love 'Idol' so much, it’s connected me with the heart of America. But I feel like I need to go out to feel that pulse of my own beat."
Despite the disappointment evident in the audience's reactions, Perry expertly maintained a positive demeanor, diffusing any negative vibes. Kimmel appeared taken aback by the announcement and pressed Perry about her fellow judges' thoughts. She revealed that Richie and Bryan were only informed about her departure that night, knowing only that she had some new projects in the works.
Perry's final season of "American Idol" is scheduled to debut on February 18, coinciding with the show's 22-year anniversary. The hunt for Perry's replacement as a judge is yet to begin.