Her announcement follows words that fellow judges Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler are also leaving, although Randy is expected to stay on as a mentor.
During an interview this morning on American Idol host Ryan Seacrest of her plans: “I just don’t feel like I can be there every single day all the time like I have been for the past two years,” she said, citing other business commitments and her duties as a mom raising two twins.
“You dread a conversation like this,” she told Ryan. “I honestly feel like the time has come that I have to get back to doing the other things that I do, that I’ve put kind of on hold because I like Idol so much,” she said.
Ryan’s radio sidekick, Ellen K., said “it sounds like you’ve made up your mind,” and Jennifer replied. “Yeah.”