The American Idol new judge said: “After as many years as I’ve been in this business, I’m used to that kind of stuff. I’m used to speculation.”
The singer/actress revealed how she tried to calm down the Fox staff after so many negative headlines appeared about her being on the show.
“I was calming the FOX people down. I was like, ‘Listen, it’ll be gone tomorrow. Once they hear who we are and what we’re doing, it’s going to be fine. Don’t worry about it.’ I was just looking forward to getting started.”
It seems that even executive producer Nigel Lythgoe made fun of this situation by saying in a recent interview: “I said to Jennifer today, we heard that she only likes yellow M&Ms,” he said. “I’m thinking, ‘Who’s going to pick them all out for her?’ She said, ‘No, where did that come from?'”
Nevertheless, Mike Darnell, head of alternative programming on FOX revealed some details about the negotiation process they had with Lopez: “I can tell you from the Fox standpoint, the deal was not tough. There were no diva demands. It was a really easy, comfortable deal with both parties.”