Nigel Lythgoe Exits So You Suppose You Can Dance Amid Paul Abdul Sexual Assault Lawsuit
Nigel Lythgoe is bowing out of So You Think You Can Dance.
The manager producer and co-creator of the dance competitors introduced that he is voluntarily leaving the present. His departure comes per week after former SYTYCD and American Idol decide Paula Abdul accused him of sexual assault in Dec. 29 lawsuit.
“I’ve knowledgeable the producers of So You Suppose You Can Dance of my choice to step again from collaborating on this yr’s sequence,” Lythgoe mentioned in a press release to The Hollywood Reporter Jan. 5. “I did so with a heavy coronary heart however totally voluntarily as a result of this nice program has all the time been about dance and dancers, and that is the place its focus wants to stay.”
The 74-year-old added, “Within the meantime, I’m dedicating myself to clearing my identify and restoring my fame.”
FOX, Dick Clark Productions and 19 Leisure confirmed the exit to E! Information, saying in a joint assertion that “the present stays dedicated to the contestants” and so they haven’t decided on a substitute decide.
Abdul, 61, accused Lythgoe of assaulting her after they labored collectively on SYTYCD and American Idol. She alleged in her lawsuit that he groped and kissed her whereas they have been touring for American Idol’s regional auditions in one of many early seasons.