Lionel Richie Responds to Katy Perry Leaving ‘American Idol’

Season 22 of “American Idol” will be the last season for Katy Perry as a judge. Her fellow judge on the show, Lionel Richie, addressed Perry’s departure announcement during a recent appearance on a talk show, expressing his surprise but understanding her decision.

Lionel Richie Reacts

Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Lionel Richie expressed his surprise at Katy Perry’s decision to leave American Idol after the upcoming seasons. Richie revealed that he was taken off guard when he heard the news, stating, “My phone blew up”. However, he was not upset at Perry and respected her decision. Richie affirmed that he and the other judge, Luke Bryan, were unaware of Perry’s intention.

The Reason behind Perry’s Departure

Richie explained that Perry’s desire to leave the show and create her own journey in the music industry made sense. He said, “when Katy says, ‘I want to go and create some stories,’ remember, she’s young. But the point is that you have to take some time and actually be an artist.”

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Perry’s Comments on Her Announcement

Perry expressed her affection for American Idol, stating that it connected her with the “heart of America”, but she felt the need to feel her own beat’s pulse. She later confirmed her decision to depart from the show on an Instagram post.

Uncertainty on Katy Perry’s Replacement

Katy Perry has been a judge on American Idol alongside Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan since 2018 when ABC revived the show. No official announcements have been made about Perry’s replacement so far. Richie commented that the information was being kept “tight-lipped”.

Ritchie’s Views on the Potential New Judge

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Referring to the potential new judge, Richie stated that the person will have to be “humorous forever and, on top of that, knowledgeable”. Whoever replaces Perry will be joining Richie and Bryan on the panel for the 23rd season of the show.

Wrapping Up

The news of Perry’s departure has created a buzz in the entertainment industry. Fans are eagerly waiting for the announcement of her replacement. Season 22 of American Idol would mark Perry’s final bow as a judge. To keep up with more trends, news, and updates, visit HitPlay.

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