Randy Jackson Says “I’m Leaving American Idol” After The Current Season Ends
After 12 seasons as a judge on American Idol, Randy Jackson has announced that this year will officially be his last.
“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,” the 56-year-old music producer said in an official statement. “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.”
After a season of dwindling ratings (American Idol is currently being beat by NBC‘s The Voice which employs Usher, Shakira, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton) and a highly-publicized rivalry between current judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, rumors have been swirling that producers were interested in revamping the entire judging panel, which includes country crooner Keith Urban. “All four are gone,” one insider is quoted saying to The Wrap. “They feel they’ve lost their core audience and they want it back.”