Mike Darnell

Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj Split With American Idol

The American Idol exodus continues apace, as pricey divas Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have decided to leave the show after a single season.

Mike Darnell Steps Down as Fox Reality Capo

Nearly 20 years into a stint that saw him steer an unscripted slate that included the likes of When Animals Attack! and American Idol, Fox president of alternative entertainment Mike Darnell is leaving the network.

Steven Tyler Bails on ‘American Idol’

American Idol faces another major casting overhaul, as its most flamboyant celebrity judge has decided to walk away from the Fox juggernaut. Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler on Thursday announced he would not return for Idol’s 12th season, saying that it was time for him to get back in the saddle again with his bandmates.

Seacrest In: Host Signs Two-Year ‘American Idol’ Pact

Ryan Seacrest has agreed to host two more seasons of American Idol, signing a contract extension that will keep him in the Fox fold through the 2014 campaign. Seacrest’s current pact was set to expire after this season, the show’s 11th.

‘Idol’ Hands Are the Devil’s Playthings

Producers of Fox’s freshman competition series The X Factor have cleaned house, cutting ties with judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger as well as host Steve Jones.