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Randy Jackson

Nearly an 'American Idol' Casualty

7/31/2010 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Randy Jackson is the only judge returning to "American Idol" next season ... but that almost wasn't the case.

Randy Jackson - American Idol
Sources close to production tell TMZ there was "serious talk" of a clean sweep of the judge's panel ... but we're told "Idol" brass wanted to keep a connection to the original judge's table, so Randy was spared.

As we previously reported, Simon Cowell left for "The X Factor," Ellen DeGeneres stepped down after one season and Kara DioGuardi was let go -- leaving Randy as the only remaining judge.

Welcome back, dawg!

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16.

Doug    

Only way to save this show is to bring in Howard Stern and Robin Quivers.

1454 days ago
17.

CALIFORNIA    

TAKE THE WHOLE F***IN SHOW OFF;IT SUCKS LIKE ALL THE PEOPLE RUNNING IT.REALLY WE DON'T WANT TO HEAR ANYMORE CACKLING CHICKENS TRYING TO SING.PEOPLE ARE SO TIRED OF ALL THESE REALITY SHOWS.

1454 days ago
18.

krys    

I figured Randy wasn't going anywhere. They want to keep some of the original other than Ryan on the show. I bet Ryan jumped in to keep Randy too since they are good friends.

Good for Randy! :) No matter how much grief people give him, he is one good seed and does at times add some constructive criticism.

1454 days ago
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Tara    

This is one of the few TMZ Exclusive stories I completely believe. The clean sweep makes sense, because they fired Kara. It does makes sense then that the only reason they kept Randy was to keep a connection to the "original" American Idol setup.

And I have to agree with their choice. I don't love Randy, but having three completely new judges would have been a little weird.

1454 days ago
20.

hfn    

i'm upset that its jlo instead of jessica simpson. i thought she would have been funny:( now? no funny people, jlo is full of herself and i get more than enough of that without even turning the tv on!!!! i like randy and steven tyler though, hope liv comes to watch her daddy, i like her too.

1454 days ago
21.

Adrienne Haney    

AI will never be the same without Simon. The ratings will plummet big time. I already tuned out last season, so boring.

1454 days ago
22.

Ashley    

They should hire an unknown to replace Simon. Someone who can say what they really think and not be worried about their reputation. Kris Dekker is the american version of Simon, he's unknown and would be great at it.

1454 days ago
23.

HarlotO'Hara    

DAWG! that was a close call!

1454 days ago
24.

Linda Noble    

Wow! I have never seen so many ignorant and racist comments like the ones left here. If I give up watching AI, it will be because two years in a row the "public" have chosen an Idol based far more on the winner's white, heterosexual, male-ness, and perceived compatibility with right-wing America, rather than picking an Idol with the most talent. Now, that is disgusting!

1454 days ago
25.

Rob    

Yep...Westin is an idiot! Wrong forum!

Declining ratings is the only thing that Fox cares about. At least Simon was smart enough to get out at the right time. Ellen? Never figured out what she was there anyway. She didn't need Idol. Kara was OK...lots of credibility but she doesn't need Idol either. More peace will be in her life not having to work with the Fox goofballs.

As for Randy? Never understand half of what he said but he was usually right in recognizing talent.

Bottom line...it's all about money. Bye Bye Idol!

1454 days ago
26.

Linda Noble    

Actually, all Fox seems to care about is furthering the conservative, republican agenda. Fox news is the worst reality show on the air!

1454 days ago
27.

youwantme    

Hes not getting fired hes a Bro.
dance bojangles dance

1454 days ago
28.

jackie Muller    

That's crazy....I love Randy and his style. It's beginning to look like AI might have run its course. For the show to even consider such a bold move of removing Jackson.
Kara needs to go....she never fit in.

1454 days ago
29.

BallaBlocka    

Randy, you really should have trimmed your nose hairs before that picture was taken, dawg.....

1454 days ago
30.

rick    

It was never a judge problem.....It was the people who pick the least of the talet pool available.
Go to most high school music events and see far more talent than ever makes it to Idol show.....Again, the judges had almost no real talent to work with.
Poor Ryan, how can he put lipstick on the new pig /

1454 days ago
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