Nigel Lythgoe Angered, 'Shocked' by 'The Voice' Emmy Win
Nigel Lythgoe is still peeved about the Emmys' "American Idol" snub.
The Fox show's former executive producer took to Twitter immediately after the award for Outstanding Reality Competition Show was handed to NBC's "The Voice."
Lythgoe's "So You Think You Can Dance" was also nominated in the category up against "The Amazing Race," "Project Runway," "Dancing With The Stars" and "Top Chef." But losing in the reality category “shocked” him for another reason.
“Shocked that The Voice won. Not so much for #SYTYCD but for #AmericanIdol,” tweeted Lythgoe as he defended his former show as, “The first, the best and the program that changed the face of TV.”
Lythgoe, who is the co-creator and executive producer of "So You Think You Can Dance" expressed disappointment that "Idol" -- entering its 13th season in 2014 -- was consistently beaten in the category for over a decade, losing nearly as many times to "The Amazing Race."
“I'm talking about over the 11 years American Idol changed the face of television across the World it didn't win an Emmy,” he continued. “Not just lately.”
Ironically, "Idol" was represented in two separate segments. The first referenced host Ryan Seacrest in a sketch parodying Neal Patrick Harris and Arsenio Hall’s hosting addiction, where both are hauled off to “The Ryan Seacrest Center For Excessive Hosting.”
Later in the show, season four alum Carrie Underwood was introduced by actor Don Cheadle as a star that was introduced in “your living rooms” before she performed a tender version of “Yesterday” by The Beatles.
On a positive note, Lythgoe had words of praise for "Dancing With The Stars" dancer Derek Hough on his win for Best Choreography.
"Thrilled for@DerekHough. Delighted for all the choreographers." he tweeted. "More importantly so proud to see DANCE take the main stage at #The Emmy's."
Thrilled for@DerekHough. Delighted for all the choreographers. More importantly so proud to see DANCE take the main stage at #The Emmy's.— Nigel Lythgoe (@dizzyfeet) September 23, 2013
The 64-year-old Brit was let go from the Fox show in July, stating that he was "truly saddened to be leaving a great team of friends and colleagues. ... If the executives that are now in charge of American Idol believe that the ratings will improve with my departure, I have no complaints," he added.