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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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61.

browneyes    

Ryan Seacrest can't save the show..RIP AI!

693 days ago
62.

Stacy Allison    

I WILL NEVER WATCH American Ido again!

693 days ago
63.

browneyes    

Ryan Seacrest can't save the show..R.I.P A.I

693 days ago
64.

Meanie    

Bye, bye Idol. Minaj as a judge? You've lost your effin' minds. You should at least have a modi*** of talent in order to be a judge. At least Paula could dance.

693 days ago
65.

Stacy Allison    

This show went to hell in a hurry!

693 days ago
66.

Whiteoak    

isn't it sad that they think "conflict and tension" is good for ratings. It's not. Pathetic producers. Pathetic network.

693 days ago
67.

brad    

I certainly won't be watching American Idol if Nicki Minaj on the show. I think it is a no-brainer that they should get ALANIS MORISETTE instead of Nicki Minaj.

692 days ago
68.

Joe    

Good bye American Idol.

It was good at the beginning, its not so good now. Between the Ryan's ego, the perv in Steven, and now the desire to have auto-tuned singers that are all of one genre, goodbye.

May the Voice and may the XFactor beat you regularly.

692 days ago
69.

all about the money    

The show is done...time to turn the lights down for the last time. You have 1 "judge" signed to contract and 3 seats open. Sure you are 99% on a second judge but Judge #1 hates potential judge #2. Oh sure AI is aware of the tension but think the drama will be good for the show. HEY IDOL....THE SHOW IS SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT THE TALENT NOT THE JUDGES! I mean most people are aware now that AI is not a true talent show. Its a popularity show with abusable voting methods. How many seasons has AI gone now and how many real stars have they made? 2? 1? Underwood turned into a star...Clarkson is debatable but still considered a win. I think more of the 2nd, 3rd, 10th place finishers are more successful than season winners. Look we have enough singing shows now. X-Factor (which I expect to fail miserably this season as well), The Voice which did good their first season...second season already started to loose its luster, upcoming 3rd season who knows. The Voice is a show I think would do well changing judges every year instead of keeping the same crew (Christina is getting more and more diva as her weight increases). America's Got Talent might actually have a final this year WITHOUT a singer (good thing actually). The whole singing reality TV recipe is outdated and unflavored anymore. AI is in the perfect position to just put their show out of misery and just cancel

692 days ago
70.

NancyG45    

YO Randy! Not everyone watching AI is a young, hip teen or young adult. I'm 67, mom of 4, grandma of 14 and have never missed an episode. I HATE Nikki so she has a lot to prove to us "older" viewers. I think AI has lost sight of their audience.

692 days ago
71.

Lynda Jones-owings    

I say shut it down altogether, the show has gone to the "DAWG"...........................................LOL

692 days ago
72.

WhatisIt    

We have read the whole story above. So now what was the American Idol Show will be the Black Idol show. we mean if 3/4 of the judges are black then it really is NOT the same show. Oh Well forget it we stopped watching years ago. What a bad program. And getting worse now

692 days ago
73.

Mars    

Good Riddens. Now, if they could only bring in judges that know music (and not the likes of Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears, etc.).

692 days ago
74.

AFTRA    

How bout clint eastwood???

692 days ago
75.

Grumpyswife    

They are making a horrible mistake if they put Nicki Minaj on that panel of judges unless they want their ratings to go down even further.

692 days ago
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