Angie Ankles Role on 'American Idol'
Martinez, who was due to join original judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson for the talent-search show's second season (no premiere date has been announced), decided to bow out after the first few auditions, the Associated Press reports. Her tenure lasted a scant two weeks.
It became "too uncomfortable for me to tell someone else to give up on their dream, especially when I realized that many of them have supported my musical career," Martinez said in a prepared statement.
FOX will not replace her and instead will stick with a trio of judges, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.
According to the New York Post, Martinez had never seen "Idol," a major ratings hit last summer, before she landed the job, though she did spend several days at auditions in Detroit and New York before deciding not to move ahead with the show.
FOX executives and show officials declined comment to the Post, which did quote the sharp-tongued Cowell as having said to reporters at Monday's auditions (while Martinez was still onboard): "What's good about Angie is that she's subservient."
Then, turning to Martinez, he wisecracked, "Didn't you clean our shoes when we were in Detroit?"