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Katy Perry QUITS American Idol after seven seasons! Singer confirms exit from show eight months after insiders revealed she felt ‘thrown under the bus’ by producers who wanted her to look like the ‘nasty judge’

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Katy Perry announced she has officially quit American Idol during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday night, eight months after insiders exclusively revealed to DailyMail.com that she felt ‘thrown under the bus’ by producers.  

The 39-year-old pop star and American Idol judge used her spot on the ABC show to announce her departure from the music competition series after seven seasons.

The multihyphenate has been plotting her exit from the show since last year, when it was revealed she felt repeatedly ‘thrown under the bus by producers’ who she believed were purposefully editing her to look like the ‘nasty judge.’

The California-bred entertainer stopped by the late night talk show to promote season 22 of American Idol, which will premiere Sunday on ABC.

During the chat, Jimmy, 56, asked how long she plans to continue her run as one of the three American Idol judges, alongside Lionel Richie, 74,  and Luke Bryan, 47.

Katy Perry showed off her killer figure in a cutout black Aya Muse dress for her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where she revealed her plans to step down from her role as an American Idol judge

Katy Perry showed off her killer figure in a cutout black Aya Muse dress for her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where she revealed her plans to step down from her role as an American Idol judge

‘You know, actually this fall in September I’m going to be doing this huge music festival in Brazil called Rock In Rio. It’s really exciting,’ Katy began her answer.

‘It’s a big deal. It’s a big deal for people all over the world, especially for my Brazilian fans. I think this probably will be my last show, my last season for Idol. I mean, I love Idol so much,’ she added. 

‘It’s connected me with, like, the heart of America, but I feel like I need to go out and feel that pulse,’ Katy explained.

‘The pulse of Rio?,’ Jimmy asked.

‘That pulse to my own beat, you know what I’m saying, Jimmy?,’ she said.

‘Wow, wow. What did Luke and Lionel say about this?,’ Jimmy asked.

‘Well, they’ll find out tonight,’ Katy said.

‘Did they really not know?,’ Jimmy asked.

The 39-year-old pop star and American Idol judge flashed her taut tummy in the look

The 39-year-old pop star and American Idol judge flashed her taut tummy in the look

During the chat, Jimmy, 56, asked how long she plans to continue her run as one of the three American Idol judges, alongside Lionel Richie, 74, and Luke Bryan, 47

During the chat, Jimmy, 56, asked how long she plans to continue her run as one of the three American Idol judges, alongside Lionel Richie, 74, and Luke Bryan, 47

'It's a big deal. It's a big deal for people all over the world, especially for my Brazilian fans. I think this probably will be my last show, my last season for Idol. I mean, I love Idol so much,' Katy said

‘It’s a big deal. It’s a big deal for people all over the world, especially for my Brazilian fans. I think this probably will be my last show, my last season for Idol. I mean, I love Idol so much,’ Katy said

Lionel Richie, Katy and Luke Bryan are shown in a 2018 still from season 16 of American Idol

Lionel Richie, Katy and Luke Bryan are shown in a 2018 still from season 16 of American Idol

‘Well, they know that I have some things planned for this year,’ Katy said.

‘Wow, wow. How about that?, Jimmy said clearly surprised.

‘It’s going to be a very, very exciting year, Jimmy,’ Katy said.

Jimmy later asked if she had a succession plan for her spot as a judge.

‘Let’s just say I’m creating space for my new wingspan,’ Katy said.

‘They will miss you on that show, I’m sure,’ Jimmy said.

‘I love them so much,’ Katy said.

‘So much you didn’t tell them,’ Jimmy quipped.

‘Right,’ Katy said.

'Wow, wow. How about that?, Jimmy said clearly surprised

‘Wow, wow. How about that?, Jimmy said clearly surprised

'Let's just say I'm creating space for my new wingspan,' Katy said

‘Let’s just say I’m creating space for my new wingspan,’ Katy said

‘You told me before. I guess you love me more than you love them,’ Jimmy said.

‘No, they know, they know,’ Katy said. ‘They figure I’ve been in the studio for a while. So they figure something is different.’

‘So this will be your farewell season,’ Jimmy said.

‘I think so, yes, it will,’ Katy said.

She noted it was their seventh season and former judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson had seven seasons.

‘Oh, so you feel like you don’t want to overshadow them or what?,’ Jimmy jokingly asked.

‘No, I love the show so much. But I want to go and see the world and maybe bring new music,’ Katy said.

‘Yeah, go see the world and make some new music,’ Jimmy said.

‘Maybe I’ll come back if they have me one day,’ Katy said.

To share the big news during the TV interview, the footwear designer — who dressed up with fiancé Orlando Bloom last month — flashed her taut tummy in the sexy look.

The long-sleeved outfit hugged her curves and boasted a subtle side slit that teased one of her long legs.

The long-sleeved outfit hugged her curves and boasted a subtle side slit that teased one of her long legs

The long-sleeved outfit hugged her curves and boasted a subtle side slit that teased one of her long legs

Ryan Seacrest is shown with Lionel, Katy and Luke during the season 21 finale in May 2023

Ryan Seacrest is shown with Lionel, Katy and Luke during the season 21 finale in May 2023 

The revealing cutouts were accented with small, silver, butterfly-shaped hardware pieces.

The mother-of-one, who shares three-year-old daughter Daisy with her husband-to-be, rounded out the look with a pair of open-toe black heels.

Perry’s show-stopping look was styled by Tatiana Waterford.

To complement the presentation, the California Gurls hitmaker rocked her raven hair in an edgy updo.

The wispy look was punctuated with abbreviated face-framing mini bangs. 

Katy, real name Katheryn Hudson, donned dangling, silver-toned, geometric earrings.

Her face of fully and flawlessly made up by celebrity makeup artist Michael Anthony, who noted in an Instagram caption about Perry on Monday night: ‘Word on the street is a farewell season of IDOL!!’

He accentuated the singer’s big blue eyes with moody, metallic gray eyeshadow and fluttery lashes. 

The dress' revealing cutouts were accented with small, silver, butterfly-shaped hardware pieces

The mother-of-one, who shares three-year-old daughter Daisy with her husband-to-be, rounded out the look with a pair of open-toe black heels

The dress’ revealing cutouts were accented with small, silver, butterfly-shaped hardware pieces

Katy, real name Katheryn Hudson, donned dangling, silver-toned, geometric earrings

Katy, real name Katheryn Hudson, donned dangling, silver-toned, geometric earrings

Her face of fully and flawlessly made up by celebrity makeup artist Michael Anthony, who noted in an Instagram caption about Perry on Monday night: 'Word on the street is a farewell season of IDOL!!'

He accentuated the singer's big blue eyes with moody, metallic gray eyeshadow and fluttery lashes

Her face of fully and flawlessly made up by celebrity makeup artist Michael Anthony, who noted in an Instagram caption about Perry on Monday night: ‘Word on the street is a farewell season of IDOL!!’

The music artist also used her Instagram platform to tease her upcoming career moves.

Sharing three snapshots of her Jimmy Kimmel Live look, she hinted at her bombshell news in the caption.

Engaging her 206 million followers, Katy wrote, ‘Let’s play two truths and a lie: 1. I beat @usher at Monopoly Deal.

2. I’m headlining Rock in Rio this September. 3. This is my last season on @americanidol.’

Then she added, ‘Tune in to @jimmykimmellive to find out.’

The post quickly racked up more than 123,00 likes from her fans, and Demi Lovato commented about the trio of picture, ‘Second slide is so cute!’

It featured the music sensation snuggled up in a fluffy white blanket that she held up to the bottom of her face, so that only her head was showing. 

The music artist also used her Instagram platform to tease her upcoming career moves

The music artist also used her Instagram platform to tease her upcoming career moves

Sharing three snapshots of her Jimmy Kimmel Live look, she hinted at her bombshell news in the caption

Sharing three snapshots of her Jimmy Kimmel Live look, she hinted at her bombshell news in the caption

Engaging her 206 million followers, Katy wrote on social media, 'Let’s play two truths and a lie: 1. I beat @usher at Monopoly Deal. 2. I’m headlining Rock in Rio this September. 3. This is my last season on @americanidol'

Engaging her 206 million followers, Katy wrote on social media, ‘Let’s play two truths and a lie: 1. I beat @usher at Monopoly Deal. 2. I’m headlining Rock in Rio this September. 3. This is my last season on @americanidol’

Katy joined American Idol for its reboot in 2018 as the singing competition moved from its original home on Fox to ABC.

She faced a slew of controversy and scandal during the past season – and sources told DailyMail.com in a June 2023 article that she had grown tired of dealing with the backlash from viewers, reaching breaking point when she was booed for doling out criticism to contestants.

Although Katy has faced criticism in the past, the insider revealed that season 21 had been particularly tough on her, particularly when she was dragged into a mom-shaming scandal that prompted one singer on the show to quit.

‘Katy feels like [the producers] threw her under the bus,’ the source said. ‘She feels like her comments could have been removed.

‘Katy became aware of the harsh criticism. Getting booed really upset her. She was trying to stay in her lane, do her job and go home.

‘She went into it thinking she was going to foster young talent. For her good intentions to be misinterpreted it was not what she wanted. She has accomplished so much in her career and is now being looked at as a nasty reality show judge.

‘Katy’s wanted out for some time now, but this season was way too much for her to handle,’ the insider said.

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