Perhaps it is unsurprising that Fox has decided to cancel their hit talent competition “American Idol.” Ratings have declined over the past few seasons ever since the harsh but well-loved Simon Cowell dropped out as judge.
It was never an easy decision for Fox. Network CEO Gary Newman mentioned, “American Idol has been such a vital part of Fox for its run, and we spent a lot of time talking with producers about the future of American Idol and collectively we arrived at the conclusion that it was time to bring the show to an end.”
The show will bid farewell after its 15th season.
Fans were quick to swarm on social media to express their dismay or relief regarding the cancellation. Former contestants and judges, however, were quicker.
Randy Jackson, the longest-serving judge for 12 years, has nothing but praises for the show.
One of greatest talent shows ever. Gave us all huge careers and birthed sooooo many stars of today. #idol
— Randy Jackson (@YO_RANDYJACKSON) May 11, 2015
Simon Cowell himself, though, told People, “We had a blast! Me, Paula, Randy, Ryan – and not forgetting Brian. Thanks to the fans we were able to make some great shows and found some amazing artists. Fox took a risk on a brand new show and I want to thank them for giving us the opportunity. They really were great times.”
Clay Aiken, one of Idol‘s most famous runner-ups, told Inside Edition, “It had a good run for 10 to 15 years. The ratings have declined.”
When asked what American Idol did for him, he replied, “What did it not? I said to someone earlier that there is no contestant and no former contestant on American Idol who can begin to claim that they would be where they are today if it weren’t for that show.”
As for Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery, it did major changes in his life. He told Billboard, “It was a great way for me to pursue my dreams of being a country music singer and introduce myself to the nation. I am so thankful to the show, the producers, the judges, and the audience for everything they did for me.”
Taylor Hicks, meanwhile, felt very “fortunate to have won the show,” and looks forward to the final season.
Season 6 champion Jordin Sparks said on “The Meredith Veira Show” that the announcement is a bittersweet one.
Adam Lambert, one of the most well-known performers from the show, lamented, “They had a great run. And thank you, Idol, because I wouldn’t be here without you.”
Of course, it was Ryan Seacrest who seems to be the most emotional, and why not, as he has been with “American Idol” since the very beginning.
yes next year will be our final season of @AmericanIdol 🙁 this show's been a big part of my life for so long… hard to imagine it w/out it
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) May 11, 2015
But perhaps the best comment regarding the cancellation came from Brian Dunkleman, who many might not know worked as Seacrest’s co-host for Season One. His tweet was funny and heartbreaking at the same time, and it captures in one sentence how much the show has gone through for the past 14 years.
I knew American Idol would never last without me #CANCELLED
— Brian Dunkleman (@briandunkleman) May 11, 2015