Rumor has it American Idol 2012 will be the last season of the show for judge Jennifer Lopez. Recently named Forbes magazine’s ‘most powerful celebrity’, Jennifer Lopez reportedly wants to spend more time with her growing twins and just has too much going on to return for American Idol 2013.

Gossip has been swirling for days about whether or not Jennifer Lopez is leaving American Idol after the season ends. Lopez also waffled last time around about whether or not she would do American Idol 2012, but she did eventually come around when Fox handed her a $20 million one-season contract. Lopez only earned $12 million for her first season on American Idol, so that was quite the hefty raise.

Now, however, Jennifer Lopez appears to be more serious about the possibility of leaving American Idol behind. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lopez said she just doesn’t know if she can do it again. “I miss doing other things,” Lopez said. “It really does lock you down, which was nice the first year with the babies being three, but now they’re getting more mobile, they’re about to go into school… So I just don’t know.”

There has been some speculation Jennifer Lopez is simply trying to wrangle some additional money from FOX to sign on for American Idol 2013 like she did before she agreed to do American Idol 2012. However, E! News reports an inside source says Jennifer Lopez really is serious about leaving American Idol this time. “She’s just too busy,” the source allegedly said.

In addition to being a busy mommy of twins, Lopez has a huge tour with Enrique Iglesias about to launch this summer that will start in the U.S. and Latin America, and eventually expand worldwide.

On the other hand, Jennifer Lopez leaving American Idol might not be so much about what J-Lo wants as what FOX wants, according to some theories out there. FOX recently announced they wanted to make some big changes for American Idol 2013 to combat falling ratings. Might those changes involve perhaps getting rid of the old judges and bringing in some fresh, younger blood?

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