Los Angeles – Nigel Lythgoe, the executive producer and co-creator of the dance competition show “So You Think You Can Dance,” has announced his voluntary departure from the show. This decision comes in light of a recent lawsuit filed by Paula Abdul, former judge on “SYTYCD” and “American Idol,” accusing Lythgoe of sexual assault. The allegations were made in a lawsuit filed on December 29.
Lythgoe issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, stating that he had informed the producers of his decision to step back from participating in this year’s series. He expressed a heavy heart about his departure but emphasized that the focus of the show should remain on dance and dancers. The 74-year-old also mentioned his dedication to clearing his name and restoring his reputation.
The exit of Nigel Lythgoe has been confirmed by FOX, Dick Clark Productions, and 19 Entertainment. They released a joint statement to E! News, stating that the show remains committed to the contestants and that no decision has been made regarding a replacement judge.
In her lawsuit, Paula Abdul, 61, accused Lythgoe of assaulting her during their time working together on “SYTYCD” and “American Idol.” She alleged that he groped and kissed her while they were on a trip for “American Idol’s” regional auditions in one of the early seasons.
This development raises questions about the future of “So You Think You Can Dance” and how the show will move forward without its longtime executive producer and co-creator. It remains to be seen how these accusations will impact Lythgoe’s career and reputation in the industry.
In conclusion, Nigel Lythgoe has voluntarily stepped down from his role as executive producer and co-creator of “So You Think You Can Dance” following allegations of sexual assault made by Paula Abdul. The show’s producers have expressed their commitment to the contestants and are yet to decide on a replacement judge. The lawsuit filed by Abdul against Lythgoe has shed light on alleged incidents that occurred during their time working together on the popular dance competition.