"American Idol" is not getting canceled, despite false reports making the rounds. Gossip Cop can debunk the rumors. We've learned the show isn't getting the axe.
An article in the latest issue of the National Enquirer, which was later published by RadarOnline, claims the reality competition series is being taken off the air due to poor ratings. The show, which was rebooted last year with new judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan, is currently in its second season. An alleged insider tells the magazine there won't be a third season as "producers and crew are already sending out their resumes," while Perry "is ready to go back to focusing on her music career."
The magazine's story is based on claims from a seemingly fictitious "insider," but Gossip Cop checked in Perry's spokesperson, who tells us on the record it's "not true." A source close to host Ryan Seacrest also tells us the show isn't being canceled. Meanwhile, a source involved in the production of the ABC show tells us there's "no validity" to the cancellation rumors. Although the network has yet to make an official announcement, our trustworthy sources assure us "American Idol" will be renewed for a third season.
It's worth noting, the ratings for "American Idol" have been increasing since audience voting began earlier this month. The Hollywood Reporter even noted that the show fared well when it competed against the premiere of HBO's "Game of Thrones" almost two weeks ago. Although it's true the singing competition show has hit some ratings stumbles this season, it's not being canceled as a result.
To say that RadarOnline and the Enquirer have been off-base before about "American Idol" and its judges would be an understatement. In 2017, for example, the website wrongly insisted "American Idol" was going to hire Kim Kardashian as a judge. It's also the same blog that said "American Idol" was hiring Simon Cowell instead of Seacrest for the reboot. Of course, Seacrest was re-hired as host and Cowell was never in the running.
Also, just about a year ago, the Enquirer maintained "American Idol" producers forced Perry to apologize to Taylor Swift. In addition to the story making no sense, a spokesperson for the show told Gossip Cop on the record the tale was 100 percent "not true." Just days earlier, we busted the tabloid's sister outlet, Life & Style, which wrongly claimed both "American Idol" was being canceled and that Swift was replacing Perry as a judge. None of that was true, and neither is the latest story about the show being on the chopping block.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.