“American Idol” executive producer Per Blankens is exiting the Fox show after two years on the job, an individual with knowledge of the move told TheWrap.
The news of Blankens departure comes on the heels of Fox’s announcement Monday that it was pulling the plug on the reality singing competition after 15 seasons on the air. As Wrap reported earlier this week, the decision to end the show came after almost month-long deliberation between network executives, producers and talent.
FremantleMedia president of entertainment programming for North America Trish Kinane will be serving as showrunner for season 15.
Before moving to the U.S., Blankens oversaw local productions of “Idol,” “Master Chef” and “The Biggest Loser” in his native Sweden.
“Idol” has suffered all-time ratings lows this season averaging just 10.7 million for its 14th season, which wrapped up on Thursday. The show crowned 29-year-old Nick Fradiani its winner over 22-year-old finalist Clark Beckham in yet another male vs. male closer. “Idol” experts have mockingly deemed that the series has been plagued with “White Guy With a Guitar” syndrome.
As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, news of Blankens’ exit started spreading among staff and crew on finale night.