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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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91.

Sandra     

Idol has had the bun and the new judges can't save it !!

692 days ago
92.

tommyt    

So this is the last season then? That's cool it was getting stale as it was but it was not because of the judges.

You have doomed yourself American Idol.

692 days ago
93.

Lol    

RUDEBLACKDUDE reminds me of uncle ruckus from boondocks. lol

692 days ago
94.

ragu4u    

I cannot be the only one who hears the death knell for this used up scam of a show.

692 days ago
95.

Diane    

This just may be the final season of American Idol. Sad...I've enjoyed this show. I'll miss Steven Tyler..I never knew of him with a personality...just a lead singer, so that was interesting. JoLo showed a different side of her persona...a human side when I thought she was just an annoying diva...now I like JoLo. I'll just miss Randy...dawg.

692 days ago
96.

Who the Hell is Khloe    

This show needs to be canceled

692 days ago
97.

MsSharon1031    

If Nicki Minaj is hired as a judge the show is toast. I'm serious. I can't imagine watching her ugly mug on my tv screen. What are they thinking? She's got no credentials to judge any1's talent. She has none. Since when is rapping singing?

692 days ago
98.

Ishagn    

Anyone but Nicki Minaj pleaseeeee !

692 days ago
99.

Bitch please    

So A.I. wants to show drama instead of talent. Wow pathetic. Who even watches this crap anymore.

692 days ago
100.

Joey    

Even Randy doesn't want to be a Judge with the Fat Diva and the Talentless ugly rapper wannabe
Shut it down Nigel the show is Done

692 days ago
101.

Bitch please    

Jho was just on there to promote her crappy show and her crap music anyways. The producers of A.I. should jump off a bridge for obviously trying to make this about drama with the judges instead of talent. Take Nikki Minaj with you when you jump A.I.

692 days ago
102.

galey    

What they need is Adam Lambert!

692 days ago
103.

OhSueZanna    

Diddy or Kanye would be a perfect fit with the other two losers then the show can officially be flushed!!!! WILL NEVER WATCH THIS SHOW AGAIN!!!!

692 days ago
104.

Iris Myandowski    

just stick a fork in that show ...it's overdone ...actually it's pretty burnt ...

692 days ago
105.

What the F**k    

Nicki is a douche bag. My days of watching are over if this no talent pos sits at the table...

692 days ago
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