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'American Idol'

Randy Jackson

OUT AS JUDGE

8/31/2012 8:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0830_randy_jackson_american_idol_articleThe dawg days are over at "American Idol" ... TMZ has learned Randy Jackson is officially LEAVING the judge's table ... but will still remain a part of the show as a "mentor."

Sources connected to "Idol" tell us ... there's some concern among the brass that Jackson is not well-suited for the mentor role ... but they feel they need him because he's the glue that helps keep the show together.

As for his replacement ... sources tell us Nicki Minaj's deal is 99% done ... but still not a sure thing just yet.

We're told the honchos are keenly aware Mariah Carey isn't a fan of Minaj and doesn't want her at the table ... a fact producers LOVE because they think the conflict and tension will be good for the show.

And ... we now know A.I. will once again go with a 4th judge ...  we're told producers are gunning for someone from the country music world for the third seat.  Seat number 4 is up in the air.

Finally, altough "A.I." wanted Diddy or Kanye West ... we're told they are definitely out of the picture.

Thiiiiiiiiis ... is getting intense.

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235 COMMENTS

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136.

Chad    

He is not the glue that holds the show together. Ryan Seacrest is. So far only Mariah and a country artist have sounded appealing, Yiiikes to the rest. No to Minaj

693 days ago
137.

denise    

Thats it American Idol is done.

693 days ago
138.

PokerStar    

Yo Dawg, the show was tired about 4 or 5 years ago. You were the super-glue that made it partially watchable. Go sit in the sun and count your stacks now.

693 days ago
139.

Ashlyn    

American Idol has no loyalty. They get rid of him to get better ratings but keep him around as a "mentor" so they don't look like complete a**holes. I've said it before and I'll say it again.. American Idol needs to end already. It stopped being about the talent when Simon left. Now they only care about what new hot judges they can get. Sad.

693 days ago
140.

Jillian    

This show is done. Judges suck.

693 days ago
141.

Miz_Fit    

Comment

693 days ago
142.

rosemary    

The show ran it's course and it's now just like a guest that doesn't get the hint to leave.

It was good yrs ago, but it has since jumped the shark and isn't relevant any more.

693 days ago
143.

Jay    

Carey, Minaj, Urban, and (hopefully) Lambert.

693 days ago
144.

Ashlyn    

The producers love that there's going to be tension between Mariah and Nicki. Lovely. It's nice to know that they care more about drama between the judges than they do in finding talent.

693 days ago
145.

FoxNFan    

If Nicki in this family is OUT!!!!! What a tramp...no talent, no class...total trash...not for family viewing.....Bye Idol.....!!

693 days ago
146.

krys723    

YO DAWG...U GONE!

693 days ago
147.

Tom    

Bye bye, AI

693 days ago
148.

Connie    

Say what you want about Randy but he IS the glue that holds the show together. Without him it's over!!! The only reason I will watch now is for Ryan Seacrest. The seriously need someone HUGE like Tommy Motolla or Teddy Riley or Babyface. Hell even Clive Davis would work. Not an actor or youngin like Miley, Demi, Nicki, any of the Jonas Bro's and definitely not Justin Friggin Bieber.

693 days ago
149.

yankee    

Well, I won't be watching this show ever again - CANNOT STAND NICKI MINAJ!

693 days ago
150.

Tommy    

I think a judge that has no music back ground but know what good music sounds like would be a great canidate for this show, 18 million for a judge is crazy. Id be a great judge for $250,000.00 per season....just saying...

693 days ago
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