Whether it’s a negotiation ploy or the natural progression of an entertainer’s incredibly busy life, Jennifer Lopez expressed doubt about her return to “American Idol” as a judge next season.

“This is the question of the hour,” Lopez told Scott Mills of BBC Radio. “I don’t know. I don’t know. I haven’t been forced to make a decision, and I’m glad about that because honestly, I’m very kind of on the fence about it. I had an amazing time doing it, and I loved it, but I have a lot of other things happening, and it’s gonna come down to making a choice of really what I want to do for the next year.

“We’re not at the breaking point of like ‘You have to make a decision right now!’ So I’m not. I’m really enjoying the time of just waiting and seeing.”

Lopez’s decision might not come in a vacuum — for example, she is a potential exec producer with former “Ugly Betty” showrunner Silvio Horta on a dramedy project (Variety, June 10), as well as on a reality show with husband Marc Antony and “Idol” honcho Simon Fuller.

Andrew Wallenstein of Variety reported in May that Lopez needed to be re-signed, but quoted Fox Networks Group entertainment chairman Peter Rice as saying “our hope and expectation is that she’ll return.”

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