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Randy Jackson

I'M LEAVING 'IDOL'

5/9/2013 2:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The Dawg is putting his "American Idol" career to sleep -- Randy Jackson just announced he's leaving the show for good at the end of the season.

Jackson -- who's been with the show from the very beginning -- just released a statement saying, "Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to rest, after 12 years of judging on 'American Idol' I have decided it is time to leave after this season."

Randy continued, "I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry. It's been a life changing opportunity but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures."

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Carl    

Right on top of this aren't you TMZ? Everyone else has been reporting they are all out since this morning, even Nygel Lithgow.

350 days ago
2.

Ester Goldberg    

his ass was getting dumped anyway

350 days ago
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KartrashianKow    

Yo! Yo! Yo! Time to put this dawg out to pasture.......this show has run its course, the ratings are at an all time low, I think he's bailing before it collapses permanently!

350 days ago
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SMASHED    

Yes Randy BECAUSE THEY KICKED YOUR BORING ASS OUT. Come on dawg - you contributed nothing for years. Go away.

350 days ago
5.

VictoriaGirl    

Smart man. This show has become a train wreck and is a sinking ship.

350 days ago
6.

Colonel Nudge    

oh so, he's going back to graduate from special education school.

350 days ago
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Laurin    

That sucks. I really like Randy as a judge! I think the judging panel this season is perfect...a good variety. I love all 4 of them. They all go into details with their advice, unlike last season when JLo and Steven Tyler told everyone they're amazing no matter how bad they did. And FYI, American Idol still has better ratings than the Voice and any other talent show on TV even after 13 years. Do your research.

350 days ago
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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Finally.

350 days ago
9.

Joe    

you didn't decide. you got fired.

350 days ago
10.

IwuvTMZ    

Idol's going to be canceled anyway.

350 days ago
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Paul    

Abandon ship!!!!

350 days ago
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SMASHED    

p.s. and Randy - purchase you some bottom teefs. #tightass

350 days ago
13.

spader    

The voice is where it's at now anyway.

350 days ago
14.

jus do it    

RAW DOGG DO UR THING BABY...

350 days ago
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pamdrfk    

I know I will get a lot of hate, but I for one will miss Randy!

350 days ago
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