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Randy Jackson

Time to Himself

9/2/2012 4:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0902_randy_jacksonSuddenly finding himself with a lot of free time on his hands, Randy Jackson was spotted at LAX yesterday ... heading out of town.

As TMZ first reported, Randy will not be back as a judge on the next season of "American Idol," but will transition into a "mentor" role on the show.

As for who will be filling his seat ... Mariah Carey has signed on and Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban are thiiiis close to putting pen to paper. Adding a fourth judge is almost certain to happen as well.

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CriticXtreme    

What many of your morons don't realize is that Randy Jackson may have been forced to make this decision to be derailed off this fake show's money train because of his connection with Mariah Carey. Both of them being Judges on the fake show would be a conflict of interest because of their prior and current history together. This is like the police trying to police crooked cops. It doesn't work!!!!

745 days ago
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Don Martin    

Great news for American Idol. They now know for sure that at least four people will be watching the talent competition. Congrats!!!

745 days ago
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therealgenelgnd    

What ever happened to Dunkleman???? He got the business to be honest.....

744 days ago
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Tracy    

So done with idol. Its endng so. You dont get rid of everyoriinal judge and think the shows gonna keep going strong. I havent watched since Smon left. Its just dumb now. Every year new judges come on to the show. I hate that

744 days ago
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leila    

How about instead of wasting time looking for new judges how about they just cancel the show!!!..cz seriously A.I is one of the worst singing competitions ive ever seen..i prefer 100 times more The Voice than this crap!!!..lol

#JustSayinDAWG

744 days ago
21.

Martin    

Is Randy related to Michael?

744 days ago
22.

Martin    

Is he Michael's brother?

744 days ago
23.

konphidential    

Yall just don't understand... Jobs for are hard to come by.

744 days ago
24.

Carl    

A lot of time on his hands? Like being an AI judge was so time consuming? You sit at a desk for a few hours a week going "Yo Dawg that was pitchy".

744 days ago
25.

Larry    

Please let this show die a peaceful death.

744 days ago
26.

Miguel    

Dawg is regretting his ham-fisted throwing of Haley Reinhart under the bus. As Stephen Tyler said at the time,

"Randy's not a singer...She nailed it. She used her voice just the way she was supposed to...she delivered it like the blue plate special, it was just so good...it showed she had emotion, and it showed she could sing...(the bussing) pissed me off...the best singers have character...If you watch Reinhart up there, every bad comment she gets, it rolls right off, that's how good she is..."

744 days ago
27.

Frosticles    

Why do people call him "Dawg"?

744 days ago
28.

Michell    

Gonna miss you dawg! AI is cray cray and I won't be watching. I hope you get your own show. Love you man!

744 days ago
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Betsy    

Couldn't care less about that show, but I love Randy's taste in hats - Florida Panthers, so awesome!! He is a very talented bass player and doesn't need to waste his time on Idol.

743 days ago
30.

Lee    

Why does he look like that? The side of his face is all f-d up.

743 days ago
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