It’s no secret this season of American Idol hasn’t exactly gone as planned. Ratings have largely been a disaster and backstage disagreements were so visible and so widely reported that they had to be addressed on camera. Consequently, it was widely assumed major changes would be made in the off-season if the competition was renewed, but if new rumors are to be believed, the network tried to drastically overhaul the show a few weeks ago.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, executives hitched a scheme to swap the underwhelming Mariah Carey out for former judge Jennifer Lopez, but when the former’s people caught wind of the plan, they reportedly raised hell and threatened to sue. With no guarantee anything would turn around and a ton of bad publicity at stake, they allegedly decided to bail.

Of course, that’s a big if right now. Fox executives have already gone on record calling it just another crazy American Idol rumor, and without people speaking on the record, it’s really difficult to know what is fact and what is fiction. On the one hand, it’s easy to see why they would prefer J Lo over Carey, and it’s easy to see why they would be antsy. On the other hand, however, people like Carey, even if she’s not a great judge, and you would think executives would realize there would be a huge backlash if they treated her poorly.

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