Is Denis Leary JLo’s Replacement on American Idol? [AUDIO]

July 16, 2012 12:30 am

On Friday, Jennifer Lopez confirmed to On Air With Ryan Seacrest that she will not be returning as a judge on American Idol next season. In a tearful statement, Lopez stated that she wanted more time to focus on other commitments.

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One of those many projects includes her most recent feature film, “Ice Age 4: Continental Drift,” which hits theaters Friday. In the flick, Lopez stars alongside the famously gruff and succinct comedian Denis Leary. Known for his past in the music industry and his down-to-earth style, we thought that he might be up for taking over JLo’s judging gig.

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So is he up for it? “If people think Simon is nasty…I just think show business is show business. You can sing or you can’t and I don’t want to waste your time. So, they would not want me doing that,” Denis tells us. Okay, so maybe the judging job isn’t for him, but what would be really interesting is if he took one of JLo’s other jobs and released a duet with Pitbull!


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