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This could simply just be “Word On The Curb“, but you know what they say “where there’s smoke there is fire

American Idol ratings have continued to slide down a steep slope. Could it be the talent? Could it be the judges? Could it be that America is just tired of the singing competition? Well according to sources in an attempt to jump-start the rating, producers were secretly working on giving Carey the axe and bringing Jenny back to the block to the judges chair.

via THR:

These sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Carey, who was touted as the big new addition to the judge’s panel this year, responded with a threat of litigation. With that, the plan was dropped, though Idol’s producers still are negotiating with Lopez, who served as a popular judge during the past two seasons, to appear on the show’s finale in May. And insiders say a search already has begun to replace Carey, most likely Nicki Minaj and possibly the entire judge’s panel for next season.

“This is just another ridiculous Idol judge rumor, likely started by talks of Jennifer performing on the finale,” a Fox spokeswoman tells THR in a statement.

Producer Fremantle NorthAmerica declines to comment.

A rep for Carey denies these allegations.

Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe tells THR: “I have not been included in any conversation regarding replacing Mariah with Jen this season.”

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