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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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16.

Sally    

Too bad - with Nicki Minaj and Kanye West being considered, you can just consider the show to finally go away. They are both too controversial and the general public will just not tune in. It is a big loss for the show to lose Randy - this just may be the last season.

763 days ago
17.

Diamond Goddess!    

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, Dawg!!! Huge mistake for "Idol," Randy was the link to the heyday, and mighty entertaning. These shows are ALL on life-support--mediocre talent and judges. Buh-bye, "Idol"!

763 days ago
18.

Rene    

Whelp, I'm all done with Idol. Bye bye...

763 days ago
19.

istersucks    

Geez, I am shocked there are so many racist trolls here. Don't yall have anything better to do?

There are also a lot of idiotic anti-idol trolls here. Stop wishing the show will be canceled-its not like anybody is forcing you to watch. Like her or not, Nicki has a huge following and she would bring in ratings, at least at first.

763 days ago
20.

Jackie    

How in the hell can they have Nicki Minaj as a judge sitting next to Mariah Carey????....Nicki hasn't even been "famous" for that long and is a joke. She's going to be soooooo annoying with her stupid outfits and her "British accent" that appears out of nowhere...UGGGHHHHH. Nicki Minaj is nothing but a clown whore...the Kim K of the music industry.

763 days ago
21.

3Storms    

Throwing away the last original part of the show is idiotic.

763 days ago
22.

Beth    

He was boring but Nicki Minaj? American Idol is done. I stopped watching it about 5 years ago-its not even entertaining anymore. Time to call it a wrap.

763 days ago
23.

LadyN    

I just read that Keith Urban was in as a judge. That would be a strange combo. As for the forth judge, it should be a shark and the judges should jump over it because Idol has officially....jumped the shark!

763 days ago
24.

Katy    

It's done. The show is over. They should just let it go.

763 days ago
25.

CubanB    

Terrible show, just cancel it.

763 days ago
26.

Jude    

I will not watch ONE SECOND of that mess! Why on GODS green earth would I listen to Nikki Minaj? SHe is a manufactored fake butt AUTO TUNED to death fake rapper/singer. She has ZERO creditability in the business. She has no longivity or history. I thought it was hard to see Lopez with he mediocre talent but why would I listen to Nikki? I wont watch XFactor for the same reason (Britney). This is clearly AI's attempt to get young Black people to watch. FAIL.

763 days ago
27.

Mandy    

Mariah isn't a fan of anybody but herself. I hope Nicki whips her ass all over that stage! ahaha

763 days ago
28.

rick    

Here is a good idea for the show.CANCEL IT!!!

762 days ago
29.

nicole    

Why don't they just have the Kardashian's run the show???? I'm sure the teeny boppers will save American Idol, right?

762 days ago
30.

Truth    

OH FOR F*CKS SAKE!!! THE SHOW JUMPED THE SHARK AFTER SEASON 3 AND NOW THE 10 INCH NAIL SLAMMED THE DAMN COFFIN SHUT. "THE VOICE" JUST WON THE RATINGS FOR THE 2ND FREAKIN TIME GUARANTEED. MUSIC INDUSTRY BEEN DYING SINCE 2005 AND NOW IT'S A BIG F*CKIN JOKE. THANK GOODNESS FOR DOWNLOADING... WHO WANNA BUY THIS SH*T ON THE RACKS THESE DAYS. #TRUTH!!

762 days ago
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