Credit: Kevin Winter/ImageDirect Photo: Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson at the FOX 2002 Summer TCA Tour on Monday, July 22, 2002

On the heels of his recent firing from American Idol, former executive producer Nigel Lythgoe opened up about his "embarrassing" exit from the reality singing competition and shares his opinion about what the show's next steps "maybe should" be.

On the red carpet at Monday night's Critics' Choice Awards, Nigel admitted his firing, "was embarrassing for everybody."

Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Photo: It's Nigel Lythgoe!

When asked about Jennifer Hudson and other Idol alums sitting at the judges' table next season, Nigel said, "I don't know," and then stressed the importance of screen tests, reminiscing about Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson's chemistry. 

"I believe in getting people together, testing their chemistry which is what I did with Randy, Paula and Simon," he explained. "After that whoever you bring in is a risk because we've saw it happen before. Its one of those things, you don't know how anybody's going to be as a judge. You could be the greatest singer in the world that doesn't necessarily mean you're going to be a good judge."

Of that original team of judges, Nigel says, "That little team, Randy, Paula, and Simon, again are the template for judges forever now." When it was suggested that Idol try to lure back the dream team, Nigel teased, "maybe they should!"

Finally, Lythgoe said he doesn't take his firing "personally" and wants to see the show succeed."

Nobody wants to see that program fail, so if the people that are now in charge as I said in my statement feel as though its going to improve by giving it to somebody else to recharge the batteries if you will, I'm happy," he said. "The big thing for me is to keep that platform for the talent. If the ratings keep going down the program is going to be canceled and the platform's gonna go. And you won't get the Kelly Clarksons and Carrie Underwoods."

What do you think? Should Idol should try to bring Simon, Paula and Randy back?

Source: E! News

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