Fox CEO Sarcastically Wishes ‘American Idol’ Good Luck

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We all know that American Idol is coming back to ABC this March. This is a departure from its original network which was Fox. Now Fox came out with their own talent show, The Four, which they claim is not a response to the return of American Idol. But when asked about the show’s cancellation and return, Fox co-CEO Gary Newman was…a bit sarcastic.

He wished them luck, but with a bit of stank on it. He also explained why they axed the show and think it’s too soon to bring it back. He said,


“We’re really fine with the show continuing. I wish them a little bit of luck — not too much. We’ll see what they can do. We did bring the show to an end. The economics simply weren’t working anymore. We couldn’t get to a place with the producers where we could make changes to the format to make it more economical and heighten the intensity of the series.”

Fox’s other co-CEO Dana Walden said,

“All of our research and all of our fan forums supported that notion. We did not see the fan excitement and enthusiasm for the show to come back that [production company] Fremantle did. We just had a different set of facts. It felt to us, sitting in those initial meetings with Fremantle, like it would be extremely fraudulent to bring the show back quickly. Our fans would not appreciate being told one thing and then have the show brought back right away. We and Fremantle just had very different points of view.”

Strong words indeed. It’s always a risk rebooting a show, especially one that had a long run and died a natural death. It’s entirely possible that ABC will lose a ton of money and get no return on their investment. There are, after all, a lot more of these shows out there. Either way, we’ll never know if Fox’s The Four would beat American Idol as it will be done before Idol premieres. But maybe next season they can make that happen?

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