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 onI 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."