After weeks of speculation, ABC announced Tuesday it's officially reviving "American Idol."
"American Idol' is a pop-culture staple that left the air too soon," ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said Tuesday. "ABC is the right home to reignite the fan base. We are thrilled viewers will once again share in these inspiring stories of people realizing their dreams."
Fox canceled the show in 2016. No new host or judges have been announced just yet.
"'Idol is an entertainment icon, and now it will air where it belongs, in ABC's lineup of addictive fan favorites alongside 'Dancing with the Stars' and 'The Bachelor,'" added Disney co-chairman Ben Sherwood. "America, get ready for the return of a bigger, bolder and better-than-ever Idol."
But judging by some of the online reaction after the news was confirmed, America isn't exactly clamoring for its return. The show's former EP Nigel Lythgoe told Variety "it feels a little too soon to bring it back," and he's not alone in thinking that.
See some of the online chatter below:
This is how excited everyone is about American Idol coming back pic.twitter.com/9vTdJtlZiw— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) May 9, 2017
NOOO! We don't need an "American Idol" revival.— Chelsea Carlson (@chelseamusic92) May 9, 2017
Of all the things the world needs right now, American Idol is not one of them— Christina Coronis ☾☼ (@ChristinaLuella) May 9, 2017
*ABC is bringing American Idol back!!* pic.twitter.com/tiQVKNdiU0— Katelyn Brower 🌟 (@BrowerKDnB) May 9, 2017
Dammit ABC Just leave American Idol dead.— KyleFan18 (@ElisaMaria) May 9, 2017
They're trying to make American Idol a thing again ... pic.twitter.com/SyJtBJ3WSo— A N G E L O (@angeloduranpr) May 9, 2017
Who the hell still wants to watch American Idol though? pic.twitter.com/eLqiAsxEFI— Lupita's Barber. (@YungRenzelzz) May 9, 2017
American Idol returning? pic.twitter.com/8pKur3J5k0— Ty Smith (@AFan_ofTruth) May 9, 2017
I can think of about a trillion shows that I'd have rebooted over American Idol— Bailey Herdé (@been_herde) May 9, 2017
American Idol back? Why? It has no song variety, it had an age limit, and had those whack commercial videos. Who even won the last 4 Seasons— Ty Smith (@AFan_ofTruth) May 9, 2017
American Idol has only been off the air for a year. It's so foolish of them to bring that show back. Idol ran its course. PERIOD!— Vince B. Aries (@Vince_Aries) May 9, 2017
The fact that American Idol is coming back tho. I hope no one watches it so it can get cancelled again.— Tamekia ➰ (@TheLifeOfTam) May 9, 2017
Stop trying to make American Idol happen https://t.co/H1NBSFDibN— Tyler Iacona (@tyleriacona) May 9, 2017
So American Idol ended last year. But they're reviving the show again this year. pic.twitter.com/f4Uuy3rF0Q— Prev Reddy (@Prev_Reddy) May 9, 2017
ABC: Were bringing American Idol back!!!— Preppy Darling (@preppydarling) May 9, 2017
It is bad enough that @abc is airing an reboot of Dirty Dancing. Why try to revive American Idol. Isn't there better ways to use your money.— JRD74 (@DeluxeLegend74) May 9, 2017
Despite all the backlash and confusion, there were still a few people excited about the revival:
I honestly feel American Idol will be better on ABC, anyway. Adele needs to be a judge though. She'd be perfect!— Griffin Hammersmith (@TheGriffGraff) May 9, 2017
american idol is coming back and this is honestly the greatest news of my life god bless— ellen (@steaminnieman) May 9, 2017
When two of my favourite things HarryStylesTODAY and American Idol are trending. Can't express how happy I am to see the show coming back❤❤❤— Glassexy❤ (@DaRealSwiftie) May 9, 2017
Happy to see American Idol is coming back.— PreExistingCondition (@yld_thng) May 9, 2017
american idol is coming back and i couldn't be happier😭— claire :-) (@_ccllaarriissaa) May 9, 2017