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Nigel Lythgoe

'American Idol' Could Die

Without Ryan Seacrest

1/16/2013 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Ryan Seacrest is the lifeblood of "American Idol" ... and without him, the show would struggle to survive -- so says executive producer Nigel Lythgoe.

Nigel was out in L.A. yesterday when we asked if Seacrest was considered dispensable, much like the judges -- and Nigel replied, "Ryan Seacrest drives the entire program. He's not on an earpiece or anything. He's not beholden to anybody. He controls the show. He's really important."

He added, "It would be very, very difficult to replace Ryan Seacrest."

But the bottom line, Nigel believes "American Idol" transcends any one individual -- saying, "I've never believed that Idol as a franchise is beholden to any individual because everybody said it would die the minute Simon Cowell left, and it hasn't."

Perhaps, but it's hardly the same either ... so we gotta ask ...

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46.

Toilethead    

It's about time. The show jumped the shark long ago.

593 days ago
47.

DeeMaree    

I have to admit I don't understand the whole Ryan Seacrest thing. He's an enormously over paid mouth piece.

593 days ago
48.

mebrat24    

So how much does it cost to run an ad for American Idiot on KMZ. They must have a package price or weekend special price?
cha ching for Harvey's bank account.

593 days ago
49.

Bill    

What's that? No more Nicky? Good riddence!

593 days ago
50.

MadCharles    

American Idol & The Biggest Loser will live on through the NFL Draft TV. show

593 days ago
51.

Jen    

'American Idol' need to end already! Geeze!

593 days ago
52.

CelebJustice    

This show died when they made it about the judges and not the contestants

593 days ago
53.

CitySide    

Hiring Nicki Minaj was the "jump the shark" move. Many of the Idol watchers I know aren't tuning in this season because of her.

593 days ago
54.

Joey    

AI WILL DIE NO MATTER WHO IS THE HOST BY HIRING FATA$$ MARIAH AND NO TALENT NIKKI THET SIGNED THEIR DEATH CERTIFICATE

593 days ago
55.

atrevidascam    

I wanto to be famous to! lol
Were i sign? hehe

593 days ago
56.

Michael    

D00d killed the MDA Labor Day Telethon, so if anyone should know how to kill a show he should.

593 days ago
57.

swack    

NO ONE is irreplaceable. If the show hinges on Ryan Seacrest, then it has moved on from being a talent show to a "talk show" with a host. BTW, you just gave him all the bargaining power in the world, because if he is irreplaceable then he can have what ever money he wants.

593 days ago
58.

NOT ELMO    

Nobody watches A-IDOL because of SeaCrest, A-IDOL needs to be Off the Air, the Winning Price is only $1 Million when on X-FACTOR is $5 Million, Why would anybody want to compete on A-IDOL...

593 days ago
59.

Toallthehatersoftheworld    

I just watch the audience they had to change the way the show went by picking 6 girls and 6 guys that was wack

593 days ago
60.

Dawn    

Idol has been on its way out for a few years now.

593 days ago
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