It’s official: Randy Jackson is leaving American Idol.
The longtime judge and last remaining member of the original panel, which featured Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, exits the program after 12 seasons.
“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 told E! News. “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.”
The news comes just hours after “The Hollywood Reporter” reported that fellow Idol judge Mariah Carey is no longer being managed by Jackson. Read more about the article from Billboard here…
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