Skip to comments.Randy Jackson: "I'm Leaving American Idol"
Posted on 05/09/2013 2:43:36 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Even if the reports are true that Fox wants to replace all four judges on American Idol next season, it doesn't matter to Randy Jackson.
Jackson tells E! News exclusively that he's done with the show.
"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."
Despite the multiple changes to Idol over the years, Jackson is the only original judge who has remained with the show. "There's always been chaos with American Idol, but this year it's been more than ever," a source said. Rumors of an upcoming bloodbath suggest that all four judges have options to return for another season, but Fox won't renew them. Our source insists there was never an option on Jackson's deal.
But it's not like Jackson doesn't have enough to keep him busy. In addition to new music (including collaborations with Mariah Carey), sources tells us he's working on a new book, film and television development deals and his growing branding business, which already includes eyewear, watches and guitars.
A rep for Fox declined to comment.
No skin off my teeth. Keep Keith and shitcan the rest of them. This year’s panel is awful.
Yo, yo, yo! Randy!
Throw on some camo and hang out on Duck Dynasty before become irrelevant!
Hey, yo, yo dawg, yo, yo, yo, hey dawg.
Will miss you Randy “Yo” Jackson, your insight is so keen.
Jack is an overt racist who almost always exalts black contestants regardless how terrible they may be. Good riddance.
Great...another story under which the msm can bury Benghazi...
I remember the old Dream Merchant that used to sell bootleg rock and roll tee shirts and incense.
Please take Nicki Minaj with you!
Cause I bumped into him and all I had on me was this samurai sword... And you're not gonna not get Randy Jackson's autograph, Right?
Well, he certainly had his influence on pop culture. He made “yo, dogg” mainstream.
Good boy. He’s rejoining the Jackson 5.
American Idol is unwatchable. The judges drone on and on just to hear themselves talk because they think they are so important. With J-Lo, it was the J-Lo show every week. Nicki Minaj was like listening to paint dry. I only flashed on it a couple of times. I’m watching The Voice for the first time. The judges are great, very humble, it’s not about them, it’s about the contestants.
This could be a sign that AI is pretty much finished as a show. Credit it with discovering new talent, but I sense that the NBC show, the Voice is running circles around it.