Imagine this: ‘American Idol’ without Seacrest? (AP)

American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez participates in the American Idol panel at the Fox Broadcasting Company Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif. on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)AP – Both Ryan Seacrest and Fox executives say they want Seacrest to remain as host of “American Idol” beyond this season. But Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly says it’s been a “tough negotiation” to make that happen.