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Fox executives give no leads on “American Idol’s'” judge’s panel

By Greg Hernandez

HollywoodNews.com: What we do know is this: Ellen DeGeneres and Simon Cowell will not be returning to American Idol next season.

The two top executive at the Fox broadcast network faced a ballroom filled with journalists this morning with no official word on who’s in [Jennifer Lopez? Steven Tyler?) or who else is out (Kara DioGuardi?).

“I truly wish we were going to walk out a panel of judges for next year. If we had signed deals we would have done that,” said Fox Chairman Peter Rice who added that “much of the information that has been written [about Idol] is accurate” and some of it is “wildly inaccurate.”

“There are no signed deals with anyone,” Rice added.

Reporters persisted in asking Rice and President of Entertainment Kevin Reilly [pictured with Rice during January’s press tour) about the future of Idol both during the session then during informal chats after.

Neither cracked.

But at one point during the session, Reilly tried to diffuse the situation with humor and started off his answer to a question by joking: “First let me start by telling you who the judges are going to be on “American Idol.”

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About Greg Hernandez

Greg Hernandez has written about the entertainment world for more than a decade. He is a veteran of covering many Academy Awards shows (plus Emmys, Grammys and Golden Globes) as well as film festivals, movie premieres and philanthropic events. Hernandez founded the popular Out In Hollywood blog while a writer and columnist for the "Los Angeles Daily News." He’s also a former staff writer at the "Los Angeles Times" and "The Hollywood Reporter" and has been a contributing writer to "The Advocate." Greg is the founder and editor of Greginhollywood.com

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