Diddy Passed on 'American Idol' to Avoid Jennifer Lopez?

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So much for leaving the past in the past.

Rumors surfaced earlier this year that Diddy was a contender to be a judge on this season of American Idol, but it looks like that’s not happening because Diddy didn’t want to get caught up with Jennifer Lopez.

The source says that the hip hop mogul passed on the opportunity because of his apparently not-so-ancient history with Lopez, as well as his history with Lopez’s manager, Benny Medina. (Medina also previously managed Combs; they parted ways several years ago.)

Ultimately, the Dirty Money rapper “felt it was a ‘her or me’ situation,” the insider tells Us. And producers went after her. (As previously reported, Lopez, who served on the panel in 2011 and 2012, will join returning judge Keith Urban for the upcoming season.)

When asked about the rumor, Diddy’s rep says that’s not exactly the case.

In response, a rep for Combs tells Us it’s “not true” that Diddy declined the gig because of Lopez or Medina.

We think their chemistry would have been great!

[Us Weekly]

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