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FAME FILES: ‘American Idol’ Producers Mulling Firing Mariah Carey Midseason To Bring Back Jennifer Lopez: Report

Carey's $18 million contract hasn't bought improvement in ratings, which are about half of what they were during show's Simon Cowell-Paula Abdul-Randy Jackson heyday.

"American Idol" ratings have been so anemic this year that the producers considered dumping rookie judge Mariah Carey and bringing back Jennifer Lopez in midseason, according to a story in the Hollywood Reporter.

Fox strongly denied there was any truth to this scenario, suggesting it was an inaccurate extrapolation from an accurate report that "Idol" would like to bring Lopez back for the season finale.

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