Jennifer Lopez arrives at the American Idol Season 10 Live Grand Finale 2011 at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 25, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. ( Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)

J. Lo is leaving “American Idol”

Jennifer Lopez told Ryan Seacrest  in an emotional phone call on his radio show this morning she is leaving “American Idol,” reported E! Online news.

“I honestly feel like the time has come that I have to get back to doing the other things that I do that I … put on hold, because I love Idol so much … You have a lot of other responsibilities and a lot of other things that you do. You have to pay attention to that too,” she said “On Air With Ryan Seacrest.”

“I really was dreading this phone call,” she said.  After two years on the show she said “the time has come.”

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J. Lo hinted at her departure on the Today Show yesterday but did not say she was leaving the show.

“I am thinking that maybe it’s time for me to go and do other things that I really love to do, like films, and right now I’m on tour and performing — all the things that I do,” she said Thursday.

Lopez has other projects in the works.  She is developing a  new hour-long drama about the misadventures of a lesbian couple alongside Nuyorican Productions partner Simon Fields. If ABC Family approves the untitled project to series, the single mommy of two may make guest appearances on the show as well.

Lopez is currently on tour in South America, and will kick off her North American tour with Enrique Iglesias in Montreal on tomorrow.

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