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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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121.

kitnplayn    

Randy Jackson IS American Idol. If you think I'm gonna watch that eyesore named Nicki Minaj, you might want to think again.

781 days ago
122.

Ratings Needed    

Ugh, Nicki Minaj! They've got to be kidding!!! Bye bye A.I.

781 days ago
123.

Michell    

Mistake!!! I was out anyway after they announced Mariah as a judge. Can't stand her, won't watch!

781 days ago
124.

deanne    

Just cancel the show and be done with it. So many sharks have been jumped it is Sad...

781 days ago
125.

Sign Up And Comment    

So AI is done. Stick a fork in it.

781 days ago
126.

Kim    

Keith Urban has signed on to be a judge, you guys forgot to mention that. I'm a huge fan of him, so I'll start to watch the show again.

781 days ago
127.

JM Denver    

American Idol's days are over. Didn't take American Idol to catapult tiny Justin Bieber to fame.

781 days ago
128.

Dre    

I seriously refuse to watch American Idol anymore... it doesn't have the same charm as the earlier seasons. Randy, Paula, and Simon <3

781 days ago
129.

Kayla Marie    

No, Country Music Singer Keith Urban has filled a chair at the judgeing table too!!

781 days ago
130.

nof    

It's a great move keeping Randy Jackson -


IMO he's been the show's MVP.


-An ability to adjust as the show goes thru evolvement and change.


If the show became about Simon - Randy went with it - even embraced and fed into that.


Wherever the show went - Randy took it in and went with it.


In his own right Randy is a potent force in the field.


But has he ever gotten his just Due - doubt it.


When I was in high school a point guard from across the way made an entire state championship team run -


He wasn't all-league, all-state, didn't score the most points - he was subtle and nuanced.


But when it came time to hit the Dagger that would put them over the finish line - believe me it was Wally Halas that would hit it.


Wally finally got his just due - winning the
Bob Cousy Award for best-point-guard back in the day.


To me this is who Randy Jackson is - the best point guard in America.


Congratulations to A.I. hitting another home run.

781 days ago
131.

Douglasfur    

I've been a fan for a long time but no longer. I won't watch it now. Nicki Minaj, really? Who cares!

781 days ago
132.

Svenghooli    

I'd leave a sinking ship too. The producers should write a "How to Ruin a Highly Popular TV Show" book.

781 days ago
133.

MsSharon1031    

Since when does AI leak confidential info to tabloids. It isn't true about Randy until either he comes out publicly or AI to tell us.

781 days ago
134.

leon    

lol i wonder why he left? he seen that circus coming and didin't want his name all over it either im suprised seacrest is still going to be the host wth does nicki minaj know about music to be a judge on idol ? she got butt implants and listen to her songs without background music its disgusting all gimicks

781 days ago
135.

Gloria Freeman    

That's it for me, I am a senior citizen probably one of few who really watch new talent, but with Randy Jackson gone, so am I. No more A.I. for me.

781 days ago
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