Katy Perry announces ‘American Idol’ departure

Katy Perry

After seven seasons of trying to find the next “American Idol,” singer Katy Perry has announced she is leaving the show.

>> Read more trending news

Perry surprised her fans during her appearance Monday on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” USA Today reported.

Kimmel had asked how long she was going to stay on the show and she responded, “I think this probably will be my last show, last season for ‘Idol.’ I mean, I love ‘Idol’ so much. I know. It’s connected me with the heart of America. But I feel like I need to go out and feel that pulse to my own beat. You know what I’m saying, Jimmy?”

She judges contestants alongside Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan, but at the time hadn’t told them her intentions, only telling Kimmel that they knew she had “some things planned for this year.”

Perry is scheduled to perform at the Rock in Rio event in Brazil which runs in two segments: Sept. 13-15 and Sept. 19-22. Tickets go on sale on April 11. She will be on the World Stage on Sept. 20.

She also told Kimmel “It’s going to be a very, very exciting year, Jimmy, for all pop star girlies. Let’s just say I’m creating space for my new wingspans.” And part of her decision to leave the show was to “go and see the world and maybe bring new music.”

Despite telling Kimmel she is leaving, USA Today reported that ABC has not confirmed that Perry is leaving her judge’s chair, however, ABC’s morning show, “Good Morning America” reported on her impending departure.

Perry joined “American Idol” when it started airing on ABC in 2018, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Idol” originally ran on Fox starting in 2002 with Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson as the original judges. It launched the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Carrie Underwood, Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard and Adam Lambert among others, according to Variety.

Season 22 begins airing on Feb. 18 at 8 p.m.

On Air107.3 The Eagle - Tampa Bay's Classic Hits Station Logo

See a new furry friend up for adoption each week, brought to you by Fence Outlet!


Win tickets to concerts, unique experiences, great prizes and more!


Get weather news that matters, including forecast and radar from 10 News!


Check out the newest blog, written by all of your favorite Eagle personalities!


Be the first caller to answer Fisher's "College of Rock Knowledge" weekday mornings at 7:50 and WIN! 877-595-1073


Swimming is a great recreational sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, especially here in Florida. But it’s important to know how to be safe while you’re in the water.


mobile apps

Everything you love about 1073theeagle.com and more! Tap on any of the buttons below to download our app.

amazon alexa

Enable our Skill today to listen live at home on your Alexa Devices!