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Nigel Lythgoe

'American Idol' Could Die

Without Ryan Seacrest

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

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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And all along I thought the show was about talent.

646 days ago

News Flash     

Nigel is a cross between Gomer Pyle and Dick VanDyke.

646 days ago

News Flash     

Wait, isn't he the scarecrow in the Wizard Of Oz?

646 days ago


come on tmz! Enough of the fake, twisted headlines. Are your writers dyslexic? Stay with the facts, stop putting words in peoples mouths, and get your shart straight already!!!

646 days ago


Its gonna die with Nicky in it thats for sure.

646 days ago


A lot of people do not realize the depth of Ryan's involvement in the entertainment industry because he doesn't brag or throw his weight around publicly. I fully expect he will have more control over Hollywood in his lifetime than anyone ever thought possible.

646 days ago


Then the show should die anyway if Secrest is the only thing that holds it together. He contributes almost nothing to the show except pearly white teeth. If he is the backbone then change it to American Bandstand and let him run with it.

Secrest has his pus all over the net. Boring!

646 days ago


Nigel looks like he just got a shot of man gravy in his ear in that still shot.

646 days ago


P L E A S E !! That awful Karaoke fest in 12 years has only found Kelly, Fantasia, JHud, Carrie, Elliot,, Daughtry America loves a train wreck with or without dude with hot beard

646 days ago


This show is so incredibly boring anymore! It's old OLD news and should be put to rest ... It can't keep up with the fresh new shows we're seeing. As for Ryan ... who cares? He owns the Kardashians

646 days ago


Why don't you use Brian Dunkleman

646 days ago

Latch Johnson    

I only watched season two. When the finaily came, the crowd responses and every only I knew said Aiken was better than Stoddard. When Stoddard won, I knew it was rigged and never watched another episode. Unfortunately they ended up both sucking after the show so what was the point anyways? I say cancel the show.

646 days ago

Daniella M    

Don't ditch Seacrest!

646 days ago

Bad Dog    

We can only hope. How many years has this show been on and how many have actually done anything once they "win"?

646 days ago


Nah..if Ryan Seacrest were to quit the show, they'd just put a Kardashian in his place and call it good.

646 days ago
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