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And then there was one: Jennifer Lopez also leaves Idol

Jennifer Lopez teased Thursday that she was considering an exit from American Idol. Well, it looks like her mind was already made up: She confirmed the news to Ryan Seacrest on Friday morning.

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Jennifer Lopez apparently needs more time to hang out with her boy toy, Casper Smart: She’s following Steven Tyler by announcing her official exit from American Idol.

“You dread a conversation like this,” she told Ryan Seacrest on his morning radio show. “I honestly feel like the time has come that I have to get back to doing the other things that I do, that I’ve put kind of on hold because I like Idol so much,” she said.

“I just don’t feel like I can be there every single day all the time like I have been for the past two years,” she added, citing the responsibilities of her career and life as mother of twins Max and Emme.

“It sounds like you’ve made up your mind,” Seacrest’s co-host Ellen K. said.

“Yeah,” Lopez replied.

The singer is busy: She has a co-headlining tour with Enrique Iglesias set to kick off U.S. dates this weekend, and she also has a voice part in the upcoming Ice Age: Continental Drift. However, we almost feel like Lopez doesn’t want to risk her star power on Idol — its ratings continue to decline in the face of competition like Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera’s The Voice and the Britney Spears and Demi Lovato-helmed The X Factor.

Tyler’s reason for leaving? Uh, we guess it’s about Aerosmith.

“After some long…hard…thoughts…I’ve decided it’s time for me to let go of my mistress American Idol before she boils my rabbit. I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I’m back — but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I’ve got two fists in the air and I’m kicking the door open with my band,” the always flamboyant Tyler said Thursday in a statement.

Rumors have swirled that his band mates gave Tyler an ultimatum: It’s either the show, or us.

The one remaining judge is show mainstay Randy Jackson, though it’s questionable whether he’ll be back for more. The show might want to bring in all new blood to shake things up — and both Adam Lambert and Mariah Carey have been rumored to be in the running.

As for the third spot? Blogger Perez Hilton wants a spot.

“#PerezForIdol #PerezForIdol #PerezForIdol #PerezForIdol #PerezForIdol #PerezForIdol #PerezForIdol #PerezForIdol #PerezForIdol #PerezForIdol,” Hilton tweeted on Friday. “Can you imagine it now: me and @MariahCarey? THAT would be must watch TV! #PerezForIdol.”

We’re down with Carey and Lambert, but Perez? Not into it. At. All.

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