EXCLUSIVE: Jimmy Iovine says he won't return for 'American Idol' reboot: 'I changed my number'


While ABC is reportedly trying to work with Ryan Seacrest's busy schedule to bring the longtime host back to American Idol, Jimmy Iovine says he has no plans to return.

ET's Courtney Tezeno caught up with the music producer at the premiere of HBO's The Defiant Ones in Los Angeles on Thursday, where he opened up about the Idol reboot after leaving the show in 2013.

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"ABC has not called and maybe [that's] because I changed my number. But I like everybody on American Idol," Iovine shared. "I won't be back."

As for famous Idol alums like Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson heading over to The Voice, Iovine will definitely be tuning in.

"I like The Voice. I like Mark Burnett, Pharrell [Williams], Gwen [Stefani]," he revealed. "Those are all my pals on the show, so I enjoy that show a lot. I love Gwen and Pharrell. I think that together, they're really great."

For now, fans will be seeing Iovine on TV in The Defiant Ones, a four-part docuseries centering on his longtime partnership with Dr. Dre.

PHOTOS: Jimmy Iovine with his wife, Liberty Ross

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Entrepreguer Jimmy Iovine and model Liberty Ross attends HBO's Official Golden Globe Awards After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Model/actress Liberty Ross (L) and record producer Jimmy Iovine attend City Of Hope's 2015 Spirit Of Life Gala at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on November 5, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 10: Actress Liberty Ross (L) and Apple Music's Jimmy Iovine attend the Hammer Museum Gala in Garden sponsored by Bottega Veneta at Hammer Museum on October 10, 2015 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Hammer Museum)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 06: Apple Music's Jimmy Iovine (L) and actress Liberty Ross attend the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit cocktail party at The Ferry Building on October 6, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 22: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Eve Hewson, Liberty Ross, Jimmy Iovine and Jordan Hewson attend the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/VF15/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 22: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Model Liberty Ross (L) and music executive Jimmy Iovine attend the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/VF15/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actress Liberty Ross (L) and producer Jimmy Iovine attend the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
GUSTAVIA, ST BARTHELEMY - DECEMBER 31: Jimmy Iovine and Liberty Ross celebrate with their Circle of Friends at CIROC NYE in St Barthes hosted by Sean Diddy Combs on December 31, 2014 in Gustavia, St Barthelemy. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 04: Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine (L) and model Liberty Ross arrive at the 2014 GQ Men Of The Year Party at Chateau Marmont on December 4, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Jimmy Iovine (L) and Liberty Ross attend WSJ. Magazine 2014 Innovator Awards at Museum of Modern Art on November 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 05: (Exclusive Coverage) Liberty Ross and Jimmy Iovine attend event honoring Nile Rodgers for his Recording Academy producers award at Private Residence on February 5, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Apple)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: (L-R) Jimmy Iovine, Liberty Ross, Nicole Young and Dr. Dre attend WSJ. Magazine's 'Innovator Of The Year' Awards at Museum of Modern Art on November 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Model Liberty Ross and record executive Jimmy Iovine attend HBO's Official 2014 Emmy After Party at The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 23: (L-R) Nicole Young, Dr. Dre, Liberty Ross and Jimmy Iovine attend the City of Hope Spirit of Life Gala honoring Apple's Eddy Cue at the Pacific Design Center on October 23, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for City Of Hope)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 22: (L-R) Chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Jimmy Iovine, model and designer Liberty Ross, and Creative Director and owner of Genetic Denim Ali Fatourechi attend GENETIC x Liberty Ross Launch on August 22, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for for GENETIC Los Angeles)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Jimmy Iovine, Liberty Ross and Stevie Nicks attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/VF14/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 17: Liberty Ross (L) and Jimmy Iovine attend the launch of LOVE special editions at George on February 17, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Birley Group and LOVE Magazine)
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"I look at it and I realize, 'Wow, I had a business partner and a friend.' That we were able to stay together for 26 years on some very difficult and harrowing times and probably some of the most ever in the entertainment business, I feel proud of that," he said. "I'm happy that I have a friend like that."

"One thing about Dre [is that] he doesn't move on you, and I'd like to think that I don't either," he added. "That's kind of what the film is about to me."

Part two of the docu-series reveals a special memory with another artist, Tupac.

"Tupac was a glorious person and he had all the right intentions. He got caught up. He got into a couple cases that were not his fault, and it spiraled out of control, and I guess he didn't have the tools as a young man to rein it back in," Iovine recalled of the rapper, who died in 1996. "But he really had the best intentions and was truly an incredible person. It's a tragedy."

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As for the mixed reviews of Tupac's newly released biopic, All Eyez on Me, the music producer said he's not there to judge.

"I enjoy Tupac's music. I enjoy Tupac. It just makes you miss him, and that's what it does. That's the effect it has on me," Iovine expressed. "I'm not looking at the movie to say, 'Is it better or is it worse?' Just, you know, I miss the guy."

The Defiant Ones premieres July 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

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The Judges, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson at FOX TV's 'American Idol', broadcast live from Television City in Los Angeles, Ca. Tuesday, July 16, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect/FOX*** Please Call For Usage ***
(Left to right) FOX's American Idol judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson pse peaceably at the FOX 2002 SummerTCA Tour at the Huntington Ritz Carlton Hotel in Pasadena, CA on Monday, July 22, 2002. Photo credit: Kevin Winter/ImageDirect
Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson at 'The Teen Choice Awards 2002' at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, Ca. Sunday, August 4, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images/FOX.
Ryan Seacrest, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Justin Guarini, Paula Abdul, and Kelly Clarkson of American Idol backstage at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, August 29, 2002. Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect.
American Idol Judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson on stage at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, August 29, 2002. Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect.
Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul & Randy Jackson (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul & Simon Cowell during 'American Idol' Season 1 Finale - Results Show - Arrivals at Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 2447 -- Pictured: (l-r) American Idol judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell during an interview with host Jay Leno on March 10, 2003 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell during 'American Idol' Season 2 Finale - Results Show at Universal Amphitheatre in Universial City, California, United States. (Photo by Ray Mickshaw/WireImage)
Ryan Seacrest, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, and Paula Abdul (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 16: 'American Idol' Judges (L-R) Randy Jackson, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul during the FOX Television Critics Association Press Tour on January 16, 2004 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 10: Idol judges Simon Cowell (L), Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson (R) arrive at Fox's celebration of Americn Idols Top 12 finalists at Pearl on March 10, 2004 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, and Randy Jackson during 'American Idol' Season 3 - Top 12 Finalists Party - Arrivals at Pearl in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Paula Abdul , Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson during The Lucky/Cargo Club - An Upfront Week Hospitality Suite - Day 3 at Le Parker Meridien in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)
Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell (Photo by Ray Mickshaw/WireImage)
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Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - APRIL 02: (L-R) Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul of American Idol accept their award for 'Favorite TV Show' onstage at the 18th Annual Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards at the UCLA Pauley Pavillion on April 2nd, 2005 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson during Nickelodeon's 18th Annual Kids Choice Awards - Press Room at Pauley Pavillion in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 20: Television host Ryan Seacrest poses with American Idol judges (L-R) Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson, after receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 20, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Randy Jackson, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, judges, with songwriters Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, and Ryan Seacrest, host (Photo by Ray Mickshaw/WireImage)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell, judges (Photo by Ray Mickshaw/WireImage)
Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES - MAY 24: Idol Judges Randy Jackson (L), Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell (R) pose at the 'American Idol' final performance show at the Kodak Theatre on May 24, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 3077-- Pictured: (l-r) American Idol judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, and Paula Abdul during an interview on January 16, 2006 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) 'American Idol' Season 6 - Judges, Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell *EXCLUSIVE* (Photo by FOX/WireImage for Fox)
Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 01: American Idol television personalities (L-R) Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell attend the 24th Annual William S. Paley television festival at the Directors Guild on March 1, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chad Buchanan/Getty Images)
Television personalities Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell arrive at the The 59th Primetime EMMY Awards TV Guide After Party at Les Deux on September 16, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 06: ***EXCLUSIVE ACCESS*** American Idol judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell onstage during elimination from competition on American Idol Top 12 show, March 6, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by R Mickshaw/American Idol 2008/Getty Images for Fox)
HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 06: (L-R) Americian Idol personalities Ryan Seacrest, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, and Simon Cowell arrive at the taping of Idol Gives Back held at the Kodak Theatre on April 6, 2008 in Hollywood, California. Idol Gives Back will air April 9, 2008 (7:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: ***EXCLUSIVE ACCESS*** (L-R) Judge Simon Cowell, judge Randy Jackson with socialite Kim Kardashian, sister Kourtney Kardashian, judge Paula Abdul and Kris Kardashian are seen in audience watching American Idol March 11, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. The top 12 contestants perform in front of the American Idol judges on Fox. (Photo by R Mickshaw/American Idol 2008/Getty Images for Fox)
HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 06: (L-R) American Idol judge Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell onstage during the taping of Idol Gives Back held at the Kodak Theatre on April 6, 2008 in Hollywood, California. Idol Gives Back will air April 9, 2008 (7:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: (L-R) American Idol Judges Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson attend auditions for 'American Idol' season 8 at Chelsea Piers on August 26, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 3: ***EXCLUSIVE ACCESS*** (L-R) Judges Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell speak on American Idol March 3, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The third 12 of the top 36 perform in front of the American Idol judges on Fox. (Photo by M Becker/American Idol 2009/Getty Images for Fox)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: (L-R) Season 1 judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell speak onstage during FOX's 'American Idol' Finale For The Farewell Season at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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