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Another 'Idol' Player

Jumps Ship for Jay

5/27/2010 12:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Simon Cowell wasn't the only one who bid sayonara to "American Idol" last night.

Dorian Holley -- the Vocal Coach and Associate Musical Director -- said farewell last night as well, and he's heading for "The Tonight Show."

Holley was also the Vocal Director for Michael Jackson and was a key player in the London tour that never happened. He was with Jackson hours before he died.

Holley will become the lead singer in "The Tonight Show" band. And he's not the only "A.I." musical guru who's jumping ship -- Rickey Minor will take over Jay's band.

Need a job? There are openings at "Idol."


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american idol is such a boring show. and who give a crap about jay leno anymore? he's not even funny, at least conan has original stuff on his show. a lot of the time if i try to watch leno's shows it seems like he wasn't even involved with any of the writing and he seems really out of place, where Conan seems to have more original writing and jokes that better fit his style of comedy. I really tried to give the tonight show with jay leno a chance because the tonight show used to have funny bits on it, and now everything seems very stale. I'd much rather watch conan.

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