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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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46.

BlackCloud    

O well, he was annoying anyways.

729 days ago
47.

Nicoleasm    

If Nicki Minaj is going to be on, I won't be watching. I would've loved to see MC, but Minaj would be a joke. Her voice is annoying, she can't speak very well, nor can she speak without saying weird things or phrases. She tries to be in left field like Lady Gaga, but it fails with me. Plus who wants to watch those 2 fighting? MC has been successful across the world and with all walks of life, similiar to MJ, she's so much better than fighting with Minaj. AND, we can't have ALL hip hop people at the judges table, they need to represent all music styles. If they want hip hop, they need to pick someone with a little more poise and respect about themselves...unfortunately I can't think of anyone

729 days ago
48.

forreal    

Didn't they do that "4th Judge" thing before with Ellen DeGeneres? That didn't turn out so well either. I think the producers are just throwing stuff against the wall to see what will stick. Maybe it's time to put this show out to pasture.

729 days ago
49.

Cazz8203    

GOOD!!! now can you please end this miserable show!!??

729 days ago
50.

Rodney    

Shouldn't they put this **** on BET now?... Death of American Idol to bad it didn't happen earlier

**** show from the start

729 days ago
51.

Phishie from Philly    

Randy s actually the 7th Jackson brother.
..
Phishie from Philly

729 days ago
52.

bellyman    

"mong the brass that Jackon is not well-suited for the mentor role"

Jackon.
Jackoff.
Jackon, Jackoff.

The Dawg.

Great proofing TMZ.

Nicki Minaj? Who is next? China McClain?

They are 'DESPIT'.

729 days ago
53.

pak1    

F I N A L L Y!

729 days ago
54.

Jude    

GOOD GRIEF!!!!! Is it possible to say how awful NIkki Minaj is without resorting to these nasty racist comments? It would have more credibility is it wasn't so racist. I would read a comment and shake my head in agreemnet until I read some nasty attack on her race. Then you lose me. I think she is an awful no talent choice but it has nothing to do with her race.

729 days ago
55.

billy    

Nikki Minaj sucks and so does American Idol.... who watches this **** anymore?

729 days ago
56.

Josh    

This show has become WAY too "DARK" if you know what I mean. I will NEVER watch it again because of that huge and uncomfortable imbalance.

729 days ago
57.

Laura    

It doesn't matter who they get--the show is on its last legs. Too bad the producers don't listen to what the public wants. Nicki Minaj will bury the show--the last nail in the coffin. So, yes, please hire her.

729 days ago
58.

gamepro    

randy jackson was the only judge that had some sense and gave great advice but now with these were only going to hear that was perfect or that was horrible each time and record labels will probably look at these judges like how do you expect this person to get a deal

729 days ago
59.

Rocco    

It would really be intense if this was a story anyone cared about. This is about a show that's lost its mojo, and doesn't have a clue how to get it back. That'll happen when you have a nitwit like Nigel calling the shots. Look for smaller and smaller audiences, until Fox mercifully puts it out of its misery.

729 days ago
60.

Josh    

American Idol total viewership will be directly proportional to the number of TV sets in the GHETTO!

729 days ago
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