Randy Jackson leaving ‘American Idol’ judges table
Randy Jackson is reportedly leaving his judge’s seat at “American Idol.”
Jackson, who was the last original judge still standing, will remain on with the show as a “mentor,” according to TMZ, though some of the higher-ups doubt whether he is suited for that role.
This now leaves FOX’s “Idol” with Mariah Carey and most likely Nicki Minaj, though the two divas are rumored to have some bad blood between them.
Jackson, 56, has been a panel judge on “Idol” since the show launched in 2002. He spent the first few seasons of the show between fellow judges Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell. Jackson also produces “America’s Best Dance Crew.”
Jackson lost more than 100 pounds in 2003 with gastric bypass surgery. He suffers from Type 2 Diabetes.