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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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76.

Linton burke    

A Rebecca Weston learn your history the first american was black
and you are mad beacuse you can't sing or you will be there yourself,since you want to talk about color do I smell HATE!!

1491 days ago
77.

Jacqueline13    

They kept Randy Jackson? He should have been the second to go
after Kara. Now the viewing audiance has to sit through his
arrogance and his "now I own the show" mentality toward the
new judges? Great!

1491 days ago
78.

kevlar    

Who told linton the first American was black. I have a theory on Linton... that b**ch is dumb.

1491 days ago
79.

Telya    

When is America going to stop being "entertained" by these types of shows that only serve to keep writers from writing real
comedies and dramas?
Down with shows like Idol, So you think you can dance, etc.

Pay some writers and send amateur night in Dixie packing.
It's all just a vote some schmuck out to make yourself feel better anyway.
Lower IQ entertainment.

1491 days ago
80.

Anon E Mouse    

He has sucked since Day one.
He should never have even been hired.
Seacrest sucks a$$ also.

1491 days ago
81.

Your Mom     

Paula was the shiz. After she left it wasn't as fun to watch. Paula wasn't fake. Randy is ok. He is like the good hearted uncle you want around.

1491 days ago
82.

Danonino    

Maybe Jenny from the block (been around the block) can have her Skeletor hubby as a guest judge.. and he can bring their fugly little babies!

1491 days ago
83.

krys    

Some of you guys are clueless as to the longetivity of this show. You all think it will end at the end of this season? LOL. Yeah, that is why Ryan just was signed for another 3 yrs! And that FOX bought two more seasons of the show. YUP! Totally ending sooon. lmao

1490 days ago
84.

jb    

I think Randy should be Replaced by Mel Gibson......YO..YO YO.....that stupid YO YO

1490 days ago
85.

Lydia    

To the poster Rebecca Weston. Listen dope - these posts have nothing to do with politics or your racist views. Go post your garbage somewhere else. No one cares what you have to say because we're talking about AI not about Mexicans, Blacks, Whites, etc.

1490 days ago
86.

Black    

I often wonder what white people think of the Rebecca Westons of their race. this person sounds like the stereotypical "poor white trash"= not satisfied with the way their life is so hang on to that tired old i have to be better because i'm white shi t. even she knows that aint so LOL. and, American is not a color or race, it's a nationality _ we are ALL americans. whether you like it or not, we were all born here, but only a few originated here. and, speaking of Blacks, there were black farmers here working right along side the natives when the whites came a calling.
As far as AI is concerned, i just figure it's a show for the young. it could go on and on, but i do wish they would get judges on that would actually help the contestants with their dreams if they are going to continue the show.

1490 days ago
87.

Pete    

It was affirmative action, plain and simple. Face it.

1489 days ago
88.

Rod    

If the show needs a musically oriented judge of color...how about Quincy Jones? Randy is just plain lame..

1489 days ago
89.

ROBI 472    

Guess we'll have to listen to YO every other word and DAWG the other one--wish they'd canned him!!!

1488 days ago
90.

Dan Friedman    

They should have axed Randy Jackson. I can't STAND him.

How DARE he continuously compare Aaron Kelly to Gary LeVox, the lead singer from Rascal Flatts???

Gary LeVox is a singer on the level of Steve Perry and Brad Delp. He's a great vocalist. In Aaron Kelly's performance of a Rascal Flatts song, he sang the final note an octave lower than the original. He sucks.

I am offended that Randy compared Aaron Kelly to Gary LeVox more than once. Obviously, Randy's comments were aimed at the teenage girl demographic without regard for the truth.

Screw him. He should be out. He sucks and he's a panderer.

1488 days ago
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