Michael Becker / FOX
Michael Becker / FOX
"What's wrong with American Idol, Mommy? Where are you taking him?"
"Well, Timmy. Sometimes, the things you love get old. And they aren't the way you remember them. They can't run and jump and play or deliver memorable winners anymore. Remember the days of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Adam Lambert?"
"Boy, do I!"
"Of course you do, son! But those days are long gone now. Idol is sick, and he needs to go to a better place. The great big television studio in the sky, where he can run around with his old buddies like Joe Millionaire and Temptation Island. Don't be sad. It's better this way."
Yeah, we just likened Fox canceling American Idol to a mother telling her son that they have to put the family pet down, but it's kind of the same thing. Except with pets, everyone is really sad and it's a hard experience for everyone, and with Idol, no one is sad because it really should have happened a long time ago. In fact, people are mostly celebrating the end of the reality competition show. Us? We're just really concerned about Ryan Seacrest. How will he manage to pay his bills without his Idol hosting gig?! Oh, he's got nine other jobs. Right.
Anyway, like we said, Twitter is not in mourning. They are in the opposite of mourning. They are in un-mourning. Everyone is treating Idol's cancelation like it's the best decision anyone has ever made in the history of anything ever. Or at least the best thing since chocolate and peanut butter decided to get together:
American Idol's final season is next year. It's about time... that show died to me a long time ago.? Hassan Ahmed (@hassanahmed120) May 11, 2015
American Idol finally ending next year????? Should have ended years ago. XD? Craig (@canderson1989) May 11, 2015
American Idol being cancelled after next season. Best news I've heard all day!? Jim Shearer (@JimShearer) May 11, 2015
American Idol is ending next season if anyone still watches it. pic.twitter.com/35P37iRlQm? ? (@TheVoiceSeason8) May 11, 2015
American idol is finally getting cancelled FINNALLLLLLYYY? TATTLETALE-STRANGLER (@chase_poopert) May 11, 2015
American Idol canceled? pic.twitter.com/R5Ruhi63cZ? Tyrone (@tyronem) May 11, 2015
Fox has announced that American Idol will end after Season 15. About time they pulled the plug.? Dylan (@DylanTheMan37) May 11, 2015
American Idol was a festering, rancid, pus spewing tumour - an amalgam of everything wrong with the music industry. Good riddance!? Gav (@miracleofsound) May 11, 2015
some people wait a lifetime, for a moment like the cancellation of "american idol"? Martin Tsai (@martintsai) May 11, 2015
I've been waiting years for American idol to end ugh thank god? dana (@possiblydana) May 11, 2015
"American Idol will be taken off air in 2016". Took them long enough...? SJ (@SaraJelaca) May 11, 2015
I'm glad to hear American Idol is ending. That show should have ended after Simon left.? Holly Earl (@hollyearl) May 11, 2015
American Idol has been cancelled, there is a God...? XxX (@xlr8tor87) May 11, 2015
Due to the cancellation of American Idol today, Justin Guarini will be lowered to half mast.? Sean O'Neal (@seanoneal) May 11, 2015
American Idol was canceled? pic.twitter.com/jFaFuEK4s0? Leigh (@TheBlondeTweets) May 11, 2015
Thank goodness American idol is finally ending.? RaiderMarijuana (@MsBossyLeo) May 11, 2015
Thank god they're finally canceling American idol? Riah (@riahsaberhagen) May 11, 2015
I like to thank God and Hera for cancelling American Idol? Viktor T. Kerney (@wondermann5) May 11, 2015
Finally the universe has listened to my pleas about cancelling American idol. Yaaaas pic.twitter.com/IFMRIsvNq7? leelee (@leelabee) May 11, 2015
Finally they are putting American idol to sleep.? Britt (@lifeofbritti) May 11, 2015
so glad that American idol is finally getting cancelled???? serves them right for screwing over @TaylorRaysTweet? Tabitha Giacalone (@_PutItOnMyTab_) May 11, 2015
American Idol is ending? Hallelujah, no more being forced to watch that show every week!? Nick Ortloff (@nicksbeerblog) May 11, 2015
American Idol is finally dead? Dr. M (@derekishere) May 11, 2015
Just heard @AmericanIdol is getting canceled.... Today was a good day.? The Berb (@BerberichRacing) May 11, 2015
American Idol is cancelled and that's the best news I've gotten all week.? Maura Huggins (@mrlsbth) May 11, 2015
About time American Idol kicked the can.? Jake Potak (@JPotak) May 11, 2015
So they're canceling American Idol finally. Only 6 years after everyone stopped caring.? Pat Kernan (@PatKernan) May 11, 2015
American Idol is finally ending! ??? Nyalok Y ?? (@NYatttttyyyy) May 11, 2015
That's great ?? I don't even see the purpose of American Idol anymore? df . (@_robbayy) May 11, 2015
We are finally being put out of our misery: American Idol got cancelled. #yay? Melissa (@misha876) May 11, 2015
American Idol should've been cancelled like 10 years ago? Megan Laffey (@Megan_Laffey) May 11, 2015
Thank GOD American Idol is finally ending. This is about 12 years too late.? Barrett (@btryn) May 11, 2015
American Idol will be cancelled in 2016.????????????? LÝra Leigh (@pricelora39) May 11, 2015
American Idol has been cancelled!? BEST NEWS EVVVVERRRR!!!!!!!!!! Holy crap I'm so happy!? Nostalgia Gamer (@dude_mysterious) May 11, 2015
"We had a good run. Followed by several mediocre then sad and pointless runs." ? American Idol? Josh Hara (@yoyoha) May 11, 2015
And then there are those who thought that American Idol was canceled years ago, so the fact that the show was a trending topic was very confusing to them:
American Idol is still on the air?? Blair Waldorf (@TheBWaldorf_) May 11, 2015
People still care about American Idol?? Cory Waddell (@SouthsideSavior) May 11, 2015
Tbh I thought American idol ended in like 2008? Alex Hughes (@al_hugs) May 11, 2015
Just found out that American Idol is ending next year. I also just found out that American Idol is currently still on the air.? Allison Long (@AL0NG4theride) May 11, 2015
I'm shocked that American Idol has been canceled because I didn't know American Idol was still on.? Adam Feldman (@FeldmanAdam) May 11, 2015
American Idol is getting cancelled. That's sad but shouldn't that have happened years ago?? joseph (@thotstar) May 11, 2015
Huh, I didn't know American Idol was still on.? mark normand (@marknorm) May 11, 2015
American Idol was still on?? Jhon Whedon (@JhonRules) May 11, 2015
Wait, people still watch American Idol?? Bond, Rachel Bond (@bratcat76) May 11, 2015
"American Idol to officially end next year." Wait, that show didn't end 10 years ago?? Brady Bizarro (@bbizarro) May 11, 2015
Wait, American Idol is still a thing?? Steven Crowder (@scrowder) May 11, 2015
Oh, you mean American Idol was still on? There is my new thing learned for the past ten years.? Schwestertwat (@BrieFactory) May 11, 2015
American Idol renewed. I had no idea it was even still on.? Mercedes Rose (@girlactor) May 11, 2015
I thought American idol ended years ago lol wtf? paige. (@paigebrrookbank) May 11, 2015
American Idol was still on television?????? Negeen Sadeghi (@negeensadeghi) May 11, 2015
Psst...no one tell them that Big Brother and Deal or No Deal are both still on the air.
But let's get real for a moment here. We all know why American Idol got canned. It's because the other host from season one, Brian Dunkleman (remember him?) left the show after the first year. It took 15 years, but eventually his departure took its toll, and now Fox is paying the price. Brian himself knows what's up:
I knew American Idol would never last without me #CANCELLED? brian dunkleman (@briandunkleman) May 11, 2015
Damn you, DUNKLEMANNNN!
Let's hope the once great American Idol goes out with a bang and not with a combined sad trombone-fart noise.