Shocking News: Katy Perry Quits American Idol

If you're an fan, you'll want to hear this. Recent developments have caught even the show's stars by surprise.

Richie, aged 74, was left in the dark regarding Perry's decision to leave American Idol. The news was first dropped on the late-night watch of Jimmy Kimmel Live, much to Richie's surprise.

At 39, Perry declared her imminent from the show during the episode airing on February 12.

Richie doesn't see her departure as a shock, rather, he reasoned that it aligns with her career path. Perry, being earlier in her career, has a variety of stories yet to be created in the industry.

In her own words, Perry claimed she will likely not be returning to Idol after the current season wraps up. Feeling the urge to march to the beat of her own drum, she's seeking new adventures.

What's Perry's plan post-Idol?

She's expressed her desire to travel, see the world and bring fresh music to her in her forthcoming chapter.

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The “Firework” hitmaker gave a glimpse of what's to come, hinting at spending time in the studio quite frequently. This follows the release of her last album, Smile, in 2020.

Since the resurrection of American Idol by ABC in 2018, Perry has been a part of the judging panel alongside Richie and Luke Bryan.

Who will fill Perry's shoes?

Richie admitted that he's clueless as to who might step in to replace Perry. However, he did express his expectations for the replacement, saying the person needs to have a good sense of humor and a thorough understanding of the .

Richie, Bryan and fans alike will have to wait and see who that might be when Season 22 of American Idol premieres on ABC at 8 p.m. ET, Sunday, February 18.

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