NEW YORK — Former “Fly Girl” Jennifer Lopez is poised to return to television — this time as a judge on “American Idol.”
The singer-dancer-actor was close to signing a deal to join Fox TV’s hit singing contest, a person familiar with the negotiations said late Thursday. The person, who was not authorized to comment publicly, spoke on condition of anonymity.
Fox declined comment. Phone and e-mail messages for Lopez’s representatives were not immediately returned.
The “American Idol” opening for Lopez comes with comedian-talk show host Ellen DeGeneres’ departure from the show.
Degeneres announced Thursday she was leaving after one year as judge.
The comedian-talk show host said she realized that while she “loved discovering, supporting and nurturing young talent, it was hard for me to judge people and sometimes hurt their feelings.”