Tonight 'American Idol' says farewell

The iconic show  American Idol has been on the air for 15 years.

By: Kyle MacLelland, Larry King Now

Tonight, American Idol — a global pop-culture staple — will say goodbye after 15 years on FOX.  The show has produced some of music's most successful contemporary acts, including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood & Jennifer Hudson. 

At this evening's grand finale, Clarkson, Underwood and other past stars like Fantasia & David Cook will perform.  Hosts Jennifer Lopez & Harry Connick Jr. will also take the stage.

Longstanding host Ryan Seacrest shared his thoughts on the show's departure and his personal future, telling The Today Show, "nothing will replace ["Idol"] but I'm looking forward to the possibility of what might be next."  Seacrest, of course, has built a media empire beyond his Idol duties. 

Be sure to tune in tonight at 8 P.M. ET on FOX, as La'Porsha Renae and Trent Harmon square off for the show's final title. 

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Watch former Idol contestant Kellie Pickler discuss the show's legacy with Larry King:

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