Nigel Lythgoe, the executive producer behind American Idol, has been fired from his position with the show, amid a serious shake-up for the next season.

Lythgoe tweeted this weekend: "Just had 10 days in the Bahamas, rain everyday. I get back to the States and get fired. Sad! Monday we choose our top 20. I'll smile again."

The news comes as this week it emerged Lythgoe and fellow Idol producer Ken Warwick would not be asked to return for a thirteenth season of the singing talent show.

A statement from Fox this week read: "The passion and dedication that Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick brought to American Idol guided the show to become a true cultural phenomenon".

"While we are saddened they will no longer be executive producers on the show, we are grateful for their tremendous contributions and look forward to continuing to work with them on additional projects".

"Yes, don't worry I'm on #SYTYCD. FOX still loves me," Lythgoe then tweeted, adding: "It's not a personal thing they just feel IDOL needs new leadership after 12 Seasons".

Judges Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson have all confirmed they are departing the show, while Keith Urban's future as a judge is still up in the air.