Katy Perry Announces Departure from ‘American Idol’ After Seven Seasons

Katy Perry, renowned for hits like “California Gurls,” has announced her departure from “American Idol” following seven seasons as a judge.

Appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Monday night, Perry surprised many fans when asked about her tenure on the singing competition show. “I believe this upcoming season of ‘Idol’ will likely be my final one,” she revealed. “While I cherish my time on ‘Idol’ and the connection it has provided me with the heart of America, I feel compelled to venture out and march to the beat of my own drum. You catch my drift, Jimmy?”

Regarding the reactions of her fellow judges Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie to her decision, Perry playfully quipped, “Well, they’ll find out tonight,” accompanied by laughter.

Expressing his astonishment, Kimmel prompted Perry to share details about her upcoming plans, to which she hinted at “some exciting ventures” for the year ahead, including a performance at the Rock in Rio music festival in Brazil. “It’s shaping up to be a thrilling year, Jimmy, especially for us pop star girls,” she teased.

Perry has been an integral part of “American Idol” since its move to ABC in 2018. While her farewell season premieres Sunday, there’s a chance fans may see her return to the program in the future. “Though my affection for the show runs deep, I yearn to explore the world and perhaps introduce new music,” Perry expressed. “Who knows? Maybe I’ll make a comeback if the opportunity arises!”

ABC has confirmed Perry’s departure after season 22 of “American Idol,” stating that they have no further updates to share at this time.