With the surprising news this morning that Jennifer Lopez is coming back to A.I. as a judge for Season 13, she told Ryan Seacrest on his morning show today that it ” actually comes at the worst time possible.”
“It was one of those things …it was so hard for me to leave the first time …[but] to be honest right now is the worst time for me to stop and do Idol! … I’m doing two movies and I have my album coming out, but I’m doing it because I want to. I love it!”
Jennifer adds that she sat down and had dinner with fellow judges Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. the other night and revealed when it comes to this group, fans can expect a lot of humor. The “Live It Up” singer describes the Idol meal as “it was like a lot of people taking little dives at each other … Harry’s a real joker and he’s really straightforward, but with that New Orleans charm.” Jennifer reveals she’s extremely excited to return to Idol and is quick to clarify that for her it’s not about a big contract. “I know people like to make a big deal about the money, but for me, it’s not about that.”
Her rumored salary? $17.5 million. Not bad for a season’s work.
What do you think? Listen to the entire interview here.