Randy Jackson quits 'American Idol' after 12 years ~ Pinoy Media

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Randy Jackson quits 'American Idol' after 12 years


Original "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson said he was leaving 'American Idol' contest to focus on his other business ventures.


Jackson, who has been a judge on the show since its start in 2002, made the announcement amid falling ratings and rampant rumors about the future makeup of the celebrity panel.

Official Statement:

"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 record producer said.

Report also said that singers Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and country artist Keith Urban, who were brought in this year in a bid to refresh the show, would all be replaced as judges for the 2014 season.

Fox television declined to comment on the report.
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