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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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76.

Olivia    

This show has "jumped the shark". Please cancel this stupid show.

694 days ago
77.

maggie    

just one more reason to NOT watch anymore. They just lost another fan

694 days ago
78.

larkwoodgirl    

I will not watch this show any more if Nicki Minaj is signed as a judge.

694 days ago
79.

Diane     

What? No token white on the show? Or are they counting Ryan Seacrest?

694 days ago
80.

Laurie    

Not watching anymore, don't like any of the new changes, Nicki Minaj is a joke and not suitable to judge anymore in a talent show. At least Mariah has experience and talent.

694 days ago
81.

peter guglielmino    

really---does anybody care?? so sick of that show!!!!

694 days ago
82.

IceGypsy    

Nicki Minaj is a twit, and whoever decided it would be a good idea to bring her on board is an even bigger twit! This show is done...

694 days ago
83.

MsSharon1031    

TMZ since when has your tabloid been a reliable source. It isn't true until either Randy himself or AI come out with a public announcement. If TMZ knew all this why didn't they come out with this news before.

694 days ago
84.

scoobie    

Why don't they call the show "American Judge". It's only about the judges now.

694 days ago
85.

SusanCF    

This show is over.

694 days ago
86.

Larry    

Get rid of Minaj and put a true singer in her place BONNIE BRAMLETT for AI judge

694 days ago
87.

Deb    

This show couldn't be more done.

694 days ago
88.

Kay    

Stick a fork in it Idol's done!

694 days ago
89.

Tiffany    

The show sucks and has for a long time, end this thing already.

694 days ago
90.

alex    

....and it fades to black... (a theatre reference not racial as it seems one has to explain most everything here)

694 days ago
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