randy jackson leaving american idol gi Randy Jackson leaving 'American Idol' after 12 seasons

Are the wheels coming off the cart over at “American Idol?” The last remaining original judge for the show is taking a bow at the end of the season and moving on. In a statement to E! News, Randy Jackson says the twelfth cycle of the singing competition will be his last. Naturally, he did it in typical Randy Jackson style.

“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. 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 hot on the heels of word that Jackson is also no longer managing fellow judge Mariah Carey’s career. Carey signed with Jackson and Irving Azoff in 2011, but has moved on to new representation. A source noted that Jackson was “more of an in-between guy.” There’s been no official word from FOX on Jackson’s departure.
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