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Jennifer Lopez Says Her Career Helped Her Leave “American Idol”

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- This season of American Idol is the first without former judge Jennifer Lopez, who sat in the judge's chair for two seasons. That doesn't mean J-Lo isn't keeping busy, though.  On Tuesday's Good Morning America, Lopez told ABC's Lara Spencer that furthering her career as a singer and actor was the main reason for leaving.

"I was like, 'You know what? It's time for me to get back to what I do, to get back to doing movies and acting and going on tour,'" J. Lo said. "It was a big part of that decision."

Jennifer returns to acting with her new thriller Parker, set to hit theaters on Jan. 25, where she plays a woman who forms an unlikely partnership with a thief.  She's also been spending the past couple of months on her Dance Again World Tour.  She said it was a bit intimidating getting back onstage.

"I have to say I was really scared at first because it was my first world tour and it was very daunting and I was like, 'Ah, I've never been on the road. And I have two babies and this is going to be a big deal!'" Jennifer admitted.  "Usually a movie is like three or four months. This was like six, seven, eight months of work, nine months straight of rehearsing and everything. It was just, it was a lot.

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