Katy Perry, the 38-year-old popstar and judge on American Idol, is reportedly considering quitting the show after six years. Sources close to the singer claim that she feels she has been repeatedly « thrown under the bus by producers » who have edited her to look like the « nasty judge ». Perry has faced a slew of controversies and scandals this season, including being accused of « mom-shaming » a contestant and receiving backlash for her criticism of struggling singers. Fans have taken to social media to call for her to be fired, with some even accusing the show of being rigged. Perry is said to be tired of dealing with the backlash and is ready to walk away from her reported $25 million-per-season pay check.
One of the earliest controversies to cloud Perry this season saw her slammed for « mom-shaming » 25-year-old contestant Sara Beth Liebe, who ultimately quit the show. Perry also faced outrage when she told two struggling singers, Carina DeAngelo, 25, and Nutsa Buzaladze, 25, that their performance was « underwhelming ». Fans have been flooding social media with messages, calling on American Idol to « fire » Perry over her nasty comments, which escalated as this past season progressed. Perry has faced criticism in past seasons, but season 21 was the toughest for her to maintain fan approval.
According to insiders, Perry’s decision to quit is not about the money, but rather a legacy issue. She does not want her career defined by a talent competition show where she isn’t even performing. Perry has accomplished so much in her career and is now being looked at as a nasty reality show judge. Although Perry has not confirmed her departure from the show, fans are eagerly waiting to see what the future holds for American Idol and its judges.
Keywords: Katy Perry, American Idol, controversy, criticism, backlash, mom-shaming, legacy, reality show, judges.
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