However, American Idol executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz appeared to be slightly more forthcoming and stated the production of Idol's eleventh season is proceeding without issue, with Lopez presumably returning to the judging panel.
"We're in good shape. No worries. No dark clouds on the horizon," Frot-Coutaz told The Journal while declining to comment on the talks directly.
Earlier this month, E! News reported that Lopez -- who joined American Idol as part of last season's judging shakeup alongside fellow judge Steven Tyler -- had agreed to return for Idol's upcoming season, however a formal announcement has not been made yet.
According to prior reports, Lopez received $12 million to serve as a member of Idol's panel and was seeking an increase to return (unlike Tyler, who signed a multi-year-contract, Lopez's judging deal was only for one season).
Last month, the singer and actress said she was "on the fence" about returning to American Idol as a judge and the show's producers had reportedly begun discussing possible replacements for Lopez in case they could not reach an agreement.
"Jennifer signed a one-year contract with an option to renew," a source told InTouch in its July 4 issue. "She's ready to commit to a few more seasons because she loves the job and the money, but Marc wants her to quit so she can spend more time with him."
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