Lythgoe Will Return To Idol, But Only As CKx Rep, According to Report

The Wrap is reporting that Nigel Lythoe will return to Idol, but not as Executive Producer.

Lythgoe’s childhood friend and frequent producing partner Ken Warwick told TheWrap late Monday evening that Lythgoe is in talks to sign on as “CKX’s representative on the show.”

Warwick, “Idol’s” executive producer, told TheWrap that he will remain in that role in spite of widespread reports that Lythgoe was going to take the position.

“A press release will be made as soon as Nigel signs with CKX. He will return as CKX’s representative on the show. I will remain the exec producer of ‘American Idol.’ He will most certainly not be taking over the ‘reins’ of the production, ” Warwick said.

It sounds like Nigel will be consulting, rather than taking over the day to day duties of running the show, as was previously reported.

And actually–this is something I did not know–Lythgoe’s new position as “Idol’s” CKX rep will be a return to his old position on the show?

The Wrap reports that “During Lythgoe’s first stint with “Idol, ” he worked for CKX subsidiary 19 Television. Warwick works for the other production company behind the show– Fremantlemedia. CKX hasn’t had a rep on the “Idol” set since Lythgoe’s departure.” Hm.

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