/// Mike Darnell Steps Down as Fox Reality Capo

May 25, 2013  |  Media Week

Nearly 20 years into a stint that saw him steer an unscripted slate that included the likes of When Animals Attack! and American Idol, Fox president of alternative entertainment Mike Darnell is leaving the network. Sources said that while Fox looked to retain Darnell’s services, the 51-year-old programmer has decided to part ways with the broadcaster after his contract expires on June 30. In a statement released Friday night, Darnell said that he simply wants to “try something new.” “I’ve been in ‘reality’ since before it was even called that, and it has truly been an amazing ride,” Darnell said. “However, the world has changed drastically over the last few years, and now with hundreds of channels and limitless ways to watch television, I’ve decided this was the perfect time to take advantage of the rapidly changing marketplace.” Fox is expected to begin searching for Darnell’s replacement after the Memorial Day break. Over the course of his colorful career, Darnell oversaw a number of monster hits, including the unimpeachable Idol franchise. And regardless of what the intelligentsia may have thought about lowest-common-denominator fare like Temptation Island and My Big Fat Obnoxious Fianc

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