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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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61.

Carl    

Idol is about to die WITH Ryan. Ratings have been steadily dropping since season 4 while production costs have been increasing. In addition, only a handful of people have gone on to any real success, and all of them were in the early years of the show. I expect it to last two more seasons, three at most with or without Ryan.

584 days ago
62.

floridian100    

Its going to die after this season, cause no one will be able to stand listening to Nicki Minaj talk!

584 days ago
63.

rico    

Ryan will bring his' Kardashian reality crap' to Ameiccan Idol.The two ladies fighting, give me a break.

584 days ago
64.

judy jetson    

The show already died years ago!!!

584 days ago
65.

SoWhat    

Good, let the damn show die. It's worthless garbage, get it off the air and get a good show on tv. Just get something other than yet another doctor, cop or lawyer show, you know there are other things you can make a show about don't you!!

584 days ago
66.

KatieJinLA    

Isn't Idol already dead?

584 days ago
67.

Patti    

The show died a long time ago, with or without Ryan. I love Ryan but the judges really suck, all of them!

584 days ago
68.

Over it    

It already died due to Mariah and Carey...not much else you can do at this point.

584 days ago
69.

LCS27    

So Ryan Closet is like an medical equipment who's keeping alive a patient with a irreversible coma state? That's why i'm pro euthanasia.

583 days ago
70.

hopper33    

Ryan Seacrest is a whiny self-absorbed primadonna. He is right there with Matt Lauer.

583 days ago
71.

PokerStar    

Pfffffffft, Idol died a long time ago.

583 days ago
72.

ElisabethIsDisgusting    

UGH. Can't STAND Ryan Seacrest! He is so weird looking--like a muppet. His mouth is like a scar across his face. Ick. Ick. Ick.

583 days ago
73.

monique    

i didn't realize seacrest was all that important, but then again im not a girly tmz "reporter" who wets their pants at every lohan/kardashian sighting either

583 days ago
74.

Fletch43    

It's already dead....

583 days ago
75.

DaniM0nster    

It's already dead..

583 days ago
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