Katy Perry Announces Departure from American Idol: ‘I’m Eager to Explore the World and Potentially Create Fresh Music’

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The vocalist, who became part of the program in 2018, hinted at “something on the horizon” while revealing her departure on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ on Monday.

Katy Perry, the 39-year-old singer and judge on American Idol, revealed her departure from the show after seven seasons during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday. Perry hinted at having more projects in the pipeline, including new music set for release later in 2024.

“I think this probably will be my last show, my last season for Idol,” Perry confirmed. “I mean I love Idol so much. 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 what I’m saying Jimmy?” she added, winking at host Jimmy Kimmel.

When questioned about her fellow Idol judges Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie’s reactions to her departure, Perry coyly responded, “Well, they’ll find out tonight!”

She further elaborated that her fellow judges “are aware that I have some upcoming plans for this year,” adding, “So it’s going to be a very, very exciting year … for all popstar girlies!”

The “Roar” singer expressed her affection for Bryan, 47, and Richie, 74, stating, “I love them so much,” while also revealing that they were privy to her intentions to leave Idol after observing her frequent presence “in the studio.”

“They figure I’ve been in the studio for a while so they figured something is coming,” she continued. “I love the show so much but I wanna go and see the world and maybe bring new music.”

Kimmel, 56, also questioned Perry about who might fill her shoes on the show and whether there would be a symbolic “passing of the torch” ceremony. “Let’s just say I’m making room for my new endeavors,” Perry teased in response.

The singer became a judge on Idol alongside Bryan and Richie in 2018 for the show’s revival on ABC, following its initial 15-season stint on Fox.

In July 2023, ABC confirmed the return of Perry, Bryan, and Richie as judges for season 22, with the premiere set to air on Feb. 18.

Regarding a potential comeback to the series, Perry expressed to Kimmel that she would be receptive to the notion, stating, “Maybe I’ll return if they’ll welcome me back one day!”

“I’m certain they’d be thrilled to have you, and if it happens you want to return, I’m sure they’ll dismiss whoever takes your place,” he quipped.