Jennifer told Ryan Seacrest Friday on his KIIS-FM morning show, “I honestly feel like the time has come that I have to get back to doing the other things that I do, that I put … on hold because I love ‘Idol’ so much. I could do Idol for the rest of my life but that would be giving up a bunch of other things. We had an amazing run.”
Steven Tyler also announced Thursday that he will not be returning for another season and there is also speculation that Randy Jackson will be leaving.
Jennifer said, “I have my movies and my music and my this and my that. It all kind of worked together for a while, but then it gets more complicated. As the kids are getting a little bigger, it started feeling like it was a lot. Something has to give. And that’s, I think, where I am right now.
She called the judging experience “such a lovely surprise in my life,” and said, “I’ve never felt so much a part of a family of something I’ve been working on as I did with Idol. I didn’t know I’d be moved so emotionally by working on the show and working with the contestants.”