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Randy Jackson QUITS American Idol! This 12th Season Will Be His Last!

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Oh boy!

Is this a sign the ship's really going down??

Original veteran judge Randy Jackson put some rumors to rest on Thursday when he announced he would be leaving American Idol after twelve years of being its fun 'yo dog' judge.

In a statement, he revealed:

"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."

Randy now plans on focusing on his company, Dream Merchant 21. He stated he'd also like to pursue other business ventures as well.

Idol fans will miss ya, Randy!

But maybe it's better to leave now than later with all the ratings drops, right??

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11 comments to “Randy Jackson QUITS American Idol! This 12th Season Will Be His Last!”

  1. 1

    I'm confused as to why it hasn't been cancelled yet? It's no longer fresh, all the OG's are gone, there are many others just like it, its not even about finding TALENT anymore, all PR gimmicks and unqualified judges w spunk ( Nikki) to try and raise ratings… seriously i haven't heard from anyone but Kelly Clarkson being a big success. WHY IS THIS STILL ON???? IT has low ratings for A REASON!!! BORINGZZZZZzzzzz…. its better to burn out than fade away!!

  2. 2

    Too bad, he was the only one pumping any life to this show….Mariah sucked the life out of this show.

  3. Alex says – reply to this


    OH PLEASE! The guy knew he was going to get fired, I wouldnt be surprised if the producers made him aware of this and told him to announce his departure before they were forced to fire him. As they say, its better to leave than to be left.

    That being said, Randy had a good run, ( In my opinion it should have been done a long time ago.

  4. 4

    Tell me this guy doesn't see the writing on the wall. That show, thanks in part to both Mariah and Minaj, has gone from bad to terrible in a single season. The producers have cycled in how many replacement judges since Paula and Simon left? They must think that if they find the "right" judging combo the show will return to popularity. If ever a show needed cancelling, this is it.

  5. dddff says – reply to this


    Re: blasting22
    Are you really so dumb that you are confused about why it has not been cancelled yet! It is a top 10 show and still makes money. It is probably much cheaper to produce then most other hour long shows. Well except for the overblown fees that they are paying celebrity judges.

  6. 6

    F I N A L L Y !!!! This show needs to go away & take the Karadashians with it.

  7. 7

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  8. 8

    Simon should hire him for X-factor.

  9. 9

    bring back paula

  10. 10

    I've heard rumors that they are gonna do a complete overhaul for next season and get all new judges. It's just a rumor, but I think regardless they need to go ahead and end Idol. I think it should have ended several seasons ago. It's sad when producers decide to continue to run a show until it runs into the ground just to get every penny they can. Idol reached it's peak many moons ago and I think the ratings are just going to continue to decline no matter who they get next season. Wish they'd let it end while it was still on top.

  11. 11

    LMAO! Perez, are you really that sttooooopid that you would report Jackson "quit?" U R truly a MORON! What a pathetic, gutter-dwelling leech.