"American Idol" will not be coming back in 2018, even though both NBC and FOX made offers to put it back on the air, because an internal war between co-owners of the show tanked the deal/
Both NBC and FOX made dueling offers to bring 'AI' back summer, 2018. NBC wanted to rotate "Idol"with 2 other shows -- "America's Got Talent" and "The Voice."
Sources say the owners of "Idol" -- Fremantle and Core -- never made a counter offer to either network. Reason being, Fremantle also owns "AGT" and the company was pushing hard to pressure Core into agreeing to accept the NBC offer.
The heads at Core felt Fremantle had a conflict of interest and was pushing "Idol" to make "AGT" the cornerstone of a year-round talent competition.
The Core execs felt Fremantle was trying to diminish the unique value of Idol and the two companies could not see eye to eye so the negotiations stopped.