Katy Perry left the audience in utter shock at Jimmy Kimmel Live! show by revealing that the eighth season of American Idol will be her last one as a judge.
The Dark Horse songstress marked an appearance on ABC’s chat show on Monday when Jimmy Kimmel asked her how long she was planning to stick to the singing competition.
To which the 39-year-old singer-songwriter replied that she is planning to exit the show following the upcomning season.
Perry, who has been a part of American Idol for seven seasons since it was moved to ABC in 2018, noted that she’s ready to move on.
"I love Idol so much it’s connected me with the heart of America," she told the host, adding, "But I feel like I need to go out to feel that pulse of my own beat."
Dubbed by Vogue and Rollingstone as the Queen of Camp, she kicked off American Idol with fellow judges Bryan and Lionel Richie.
Kimmel, 56, inquired if Bryan and Richie knew about her decision before to which Perry revealed, "They’ll find out tonight."
The TV personality emphasised that it has been the trio that matched the seven-season shows of original American Idol judges, including Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson.
However, for the eighth season, a new addition will be made to the judges panel after the joining of fourth judge Kara DioGuardi.
Additionally, Perry, who is slated to perform at the Rock in Rio festival this June, teased her return by adding, "I love the show so much but I want to see the world."
"Maybe I’ll come back if they have me one day," she told the host and comedian.