Randy Jackson is Leaving 'American Idol' After This Season

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May 9th, 2013



In a statement to E! News he confirmed the long-rumored news:

"Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol I have decided it is time to leave after this season," he says. "I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry. It's been a life changing opportunity but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures."

  • Sara

    Thank God! Best news i’ve heard today!!!

  • DW

    well dog , ya did your thing. now boot nikki and mariah. nikki is bring your show down.

  • Androme

    End of an era.

  • Jeff R

    X Factor will be cancelled after next season, Idol will continue to decline..then spring 2015, Simon, Paula, and Randy will be back on Idol. Just watch.

  • TV Addict

    If Community can get half the seasons that Idol has now, I’ll be happy.

  • Michael

    According to gossip, there’s going to be an entire IDOL shakeup next season. Everyone is being fired.

  • Tommy Mickens

    Only a decade too late. He was the worst judge from the beginning.

  • ROLY


  • Samunto

    And TV junkies won’t keep their eyes from their computers or smartphones today…. so many headlines today from the TV Universe.
    Nellie Andreeva won’t sleep for days!

  • Skp53

    I hope he takes Nicki with him. Keith & Mariah can start over with a new judge & Randy. A 4 judge panel doesn’t work. Randy & Nicki have ruined this entire season anyway.

  • Skp53

    I meant they could start over with Ryan Seacrest.

  • victor linar

    Picasso Jackson are you resigning or you have been fired.
    Brind good judges who knows MUSIC and not popular or famous, just good people who knows how to sing and not what they are wearing

  • Fred

    Never a fan of Randy.
    Simon is the best judge, by far.
    Probably the main reason why I enjoy X FACTOR more than the other music contests.
    However the main attraction to me are the singers. There are always a few really talented ones on each show. With or without good judges.

  • victor linar

    Nikky Minaq was a terrible mistake

  • Tomcatt630

    About time! AI is fading fast, FOX should rename the show itself, too, if doing a “major re-boot” for next season.

    “pitchy dawg” finally can go home!

  • Anna Bones Clarkwood

    He got unbearable after 3 seasons, so 9 years, well 11, too late.


    I say Keep Keith & Ryan but get rid of the rest of the panel plus the bosses.

  • Michael

    Wow….Idol cleaning house again.

    So once Minaj and Mariah leave….who’s next??

    We have Keith Urban…and a bunch of nobodies :P
    Will Kelly Clarkson do it?? Alisha Keys??

    To replace Randy: Jay-Z??

    I’ve got nobody. This is disappointing :(

  • Michael

    Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia, and Chris Daughtry would be a great panelist, IMO.

    Pop, R&B, and Rock success.

  • JR35

    A report surfaced last night (before Jackson’s statement) that all four judges would not be back next season.

  • Jason

    Actually, Adam Lambert, Daughtry, and Clarkson are mine so they can say to them, “We had to go through this process on the exact same stage, and I expect you to do the same.”

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