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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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61.

bill    

i think he should of went its always dog this and dog that the show needs to end soon

1508 days ago
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william alexander    

I'm done with American Idol if J Lo is brought on, her stupid political comments will turn me off to seeing her each week.

1508 days ago
63.

bluzzone    

Randy is not the most articulate judge,but he knows what he is talking about.Ellen's reason for leaving is delusional.She sucked at the job,and was fired.

1508 days ago
64.

a rich    

What the hell does ai have to do with people taking over america? Furthermore this america belongs to God.Not just white people.This america is for blacks,mexicans and everyone else.You came in and took everything from everybody,now you got a problem. Get over it,lets get along and move on!

1508 days ago
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Torontonian    

The fact that it's come down to Jackson as the remaining person should mean that the show has run its course. Its ratings
have suffered in the last few years and it would be more
humane to kill it off now rather than watch it die in
mid-season.

1508 days ago
66.

NImbette    

I think one of the judges should be Dave Navarro. He was really good when he judged Rockstar - show didn't last, but the concept was good. He would bring some edge in and he knows music too.

1508 days ago
67.

MrsFudd    

I am SO glad Kara DioGuardi is gone! She was a horrible addition. Ellen never should have been there in the first place. Personally I think American Idol should be canceled. There is NO American Idol without Simon Cowell. The show should be canceled.

If they plan on keeping the show on, they need to get a former AI contestant as a judge. Someone who was in the top 4, like Kimberly Locke, LaToya London, Elliot Yamin.........someone who was really good and knows just what those contestants are going through. No one else can identify with those kids except a former contestant.

American Idol needs to wise up. Get Paula Abdul back and hire a former AI contestant. They need to do something to get those ratings up - last season was the worst EVER. The "talent" was a joke. Sure Lee was good and so was Crystal, but the top 10 should have been the top 4. Yuck.

1508 days ago
68.

JUstin    

I wish they let him go , he is the most boring judge ever! I guess they always need a black guy on the show to keep the it politicaly correct!! bring Paula back!

Posted at 1:57 AM on Jul 31, 2010 by nadia


You are delusional .LMAO--what do you know about T.V production and ratings- if they let randy Go , that show is dead and toasted-Believe me they are not living in your own delusional white only world..lol--they now still have a shot out of making something of the show--

RANDY GOES--FLAVOR GOES--SHOW IS DEAD--its now on life support!!!!they know what they are doing .

1508 days ago
69.

Lydia    

Ryan will stay for now. He didn't get hired to take over Larry King Live's time slot so he'll want out when he gets a better, higher profile gig.

I agree Howard Stern would have been good. He obviously has to get censored on this show but he has some good material anyway and know quite a bit about music. What happened to them hiring Bret Michaels. They hire people that really don't have any validity in the music industry. You need someone who has a good sense of humor, is not annoying like Randy, and yet knows plenty about music just like Simon did. The show is over and who cares anymore.

1508 days ago
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Fei Long    

The only people that watch American Idol are fat overweight ugly Americans that can't function in life without TV

1508 days ago
71.

Fei Long    

And the only men that watch American Idols are flaming homosexuals

1508 days ago
72.

JANE LAY    

WELL I'M MORE THAN GLAD RANDY IS STILL THERE AND RYAN. AT LEAST THEY MAKE IT FEEL LIKE THE REAL 'AI'... LOVE RANDY, LOVED SIMON. LOVE THE SHOW. IT IS AT LEAST A SHOW THE ENTIRE FAMILY CAN WATCH TOGETHER AND NOT BE AFRAID OF SICK JUNK LIKE ALL THE OTHER SHOWS ON T.V. JUST WISH HARRY CONNICK JR. WAS GOING TO BE ON INSTEAD OF S.TYLER, SURELY S.TYLER IS NOT THE BEST YOU COULD FIND. KEEP GOING RANDY, THE PUBLIC LOVE YOU, EVEN THOUGH SOME THINK IT'S FUN TO SEE THEIR NAME IN PRINT SPITTING OUT NEGATIVE REMARKS. YOU BRING A FUN ATMOSPHERE TO THE SHOW.

1508 days ago
73.

CriticAl    

Yo dawg! Randy should have been the first one fired. Clean sweep, I say.

1508 days ago
74.

come on now    

Lets face it people AI ended when they did not resign Paula there's no telling how much money the've paid to replace her when they could have paid her. If they had did this there may have had one good year left instead what they got was a miserable boring Simon, slutty talk to much Kara, and know nothing Ellen ,oh and Randy who faded into the background. One more thing Paula must have had more of a hand in picking the talent then she was given credit for because without her this past season sucked big time. Simon seemed like an plain ordinary man without her there he had nothing to say worth listening to, but was still better then the rest. I watched the first couple of live shows then tuned out, and came back for Simon's last show now that he's gone I'm gone for good.

1508 days ago
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N.G.S.    

Becca Weston,check out political integrity dot com.If you are fed up with illegals here is a place to start.

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