As for Kara Dioguardi's fate, Rice would not confirm that she is already off the show. Is Nigel Lythgoe back as an executive producer? Not at liberty to say, said Rice. The dapper Brit would not even confirm that Randy Jackson and host Ryan Seacrest--who have multi-year, multi-million-dollar deals--would both be back.
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Reilly, on the other hand, let it rip on the topic of his friend Stephen McPherson. The departed ABC boss famously had Reilly's back when the latter was rushed out of his NBC post a few years back. Reilly returned the favour Monday by going much further than the other network programming chiefs have gone on this subject at press tour. He described McPherson as a "loyal and good friend" who had the "courage of his convictions" when it came to programming. The McPherson fallout has been "upsetting," says Reilly, and if the former ABC boss chooses to get into the production end of the business, "the door will be open to him at Fox."