09/22/2010 AT 6:40 PM ET
Will having Jenny on the block drag down the neighborhood?
“After as many years as I’ve been in this business, I’m used to that kind of stuff,” Lopez said Wednesday at an Idol press conference in Inglewood, Calif. “I’m used to speculation.”
If anything, Lopez says, she felt she was dragging FOX into negative headlines.
“I was calming the FOX people down,” she explained. “I was like, ‘Listen, it’ll be gone tomorrow. Once they hear who we are and what we’re doing, it’s going to be fine. Don’t worry about it.’ I was just looking forward to getting started.”
Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe even poked fun at her reputation.
“I said to Jennifer today, we heard that she only likes yellow M&Ms,” he said. “I’m thinking, ‘Who’s going to pick them all out for her?’ She said, ‘No, where did that come from?’”
Adds Mike Darnell, head of alternative programming on FOX: “I can tell you from the Fox standpoint, the deal was not tough. There were no diva demands. It was a really easy, comfortable deal with both parties.”