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Randy Jackson Is Leaving American Idol

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Dawg! 'American Idol' original Randy Jackson leaving hit show

Randy Jackson has announced that he will be leaving American Idol at the end of this season. “Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to rest, after 12 years of judging on ‘American Idol,’ I have decided to leave after this season,” Jackson said in a statement, released through his representative. Jackson said he was “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.” It’s also rumored that Nicky Minaj, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban, will not be asked back for another season.

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