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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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Bring on a judge, like Quincy Jones, who has experience, knowledge and great people skills to judge. He would be excellent! I love Randy, but we need someone who has all the qualities that Mr. Jones has.

1506 days ago


In my OPINION Randy Jackson has both knowledge and sincerity and I think he does a great job on AI. I can certainly understand that other's have different opinion's and I totally respect that. Here's what I don't get: Rebecca Weston's mumbo jumbo. Rebecca, you claim that minorities are taking our jobs,
etc . . . and complained endlessly all while trying to make a point. Well, Rebecca, I think you are ignorant. I don't think you are qualified to write a paragraph above a second grader's reading level. What exactly was your point anyway and what does it have to do with AI and Randy Jackson? -ksh

1506 days ago


Watched the show from year one,last was worst.When the "pants on the ground" dude didn't win I lost interest.

1491 days ago


@ Rebecca Weston

That was the most ignorant post I've ever read. Did you really say "non americans" and "us real citizens" in the same paragraph? OMG! I'm going to tell you all the things wrong with your statement.
- WHITES came to this country and TOOK the land from NATIVE AMERICANS so technically WHITES ARE IMMIGRANTS TOO
- WHITES brought BLACKS here as slaves. If you guys want BLACKS gone so bad, take our asses BACK!
- If you need HELP from the gov't, whether you're black, white, hispanic, etc., you're a failure at life and you need to do BETTER.


1464 days ago
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