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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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westvil1    

Idol has been dead for years

642 days ago
77.

HM    

Is Nigel crazy to think American Idol would die without Ryan..I thought it waw about the contestants and the judges.. Cant stand Ryan I am soooo over him He is behind the Kar-Trashians

642 days ago
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Ruth A    

Someone please tell nicki minaj to shut up and let someone else speak

642 days ago
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kk    

Is Nigel CRAZY 2 think American Idol would DIE without Ryan--So much for the judges and contestants Rude Nigel!

642 days ago
80.

Pat    

LET IT DIE -- IT SUCKS!

642 days ago
81.

loe    

Stop the stupid background stories. All these contestants have a story now. Everyone has a broken childhood or life but do we have to know every single one of them? Is really not about their singing anymore. This show is getting real boring.

642 days ago
82.

john     

I'm all for anything that will kill American Idol.

641 days ago
83.

Lisa    

American Idol already died when Simon left. What's on TV now is a bogus show masquerading behind the Idol logo. The show should have been cancelled the minute Simon left. For all intents and purposes, it was.

633 days ago
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Janice Swearengin    

Nigel, I agree with you about the show would die if Ryan Seacrest left. The judges this year are not
good for the show, Nicki and Mariha's body language is just that there, you can tell they are fake and just don't like each other.

619 days ago
85.

Julia Adelman    

I CANNOT stand ryan seacrest. I don't watch, he annoys me so.

594 days ago
86.

allan    

he looks like a demon

583 days ago
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