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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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16.

Toilethead    

That garbage is still on?

441 days ago
17.

MysticalFlute    

And there's the nail in the coffin.

441 days ago
18.

jasonluckydog    

Nicki has big boobs and a big ass.

441 days ago
19.

hi    

I always thought he was gay

441 days ago
20.

amazinglybored    

Huh, I always thought that he would never give up that chair. Fired?

441 days ago
21.

Observer    

About time. Yeah, you changed the industry alright.This show ruined the music industry.
It has undermined all the musicians and singers who have spent years going to school, studying and working to hone their craft.
Now, 'singers' just want to get on Idol to gain "stardom"...the answer to all their prayers.
It's fame or nothing, No in between...back to working at McDonald's.

441 days ago
22.

Nxd4b    

someone knows when to jump ship before the thing completely sinks

441 days ago
23.

Gwendolyn Sadler    

It's time. I feel that he saw the hand writing on the wall!

441 days ago
24.

smileandshine    

Maybe it's time for American Idol to go downhill now?

441 days ago
25.

Waka Waka Waka    

Take Nicki and Mariah with you

441 days ago
26.

Snowman with a Turnip Nose    

Right! "Randy", that's his name! What's he doing again?


(I'm just kidding. One of the best bass players ever. I've never watched the singing contest show. Hated those back in school when we had to back all the screeching snooty "pretty princesses" and caterwauling gay guys in exchange for free use of the amps for our own "satanic" purposes on the weekends. I suffered for my art, I truly did!)

441 days ago
27.

Italia    

Randy Jackson is not being asked back, they're not offering to renew his contract, so he has not choice but to leave, and I'm glad. I haven't like him since after Simon left, and Randy jumped and sat in Simon's chair, as if that meant Randy was top banana now. Nope, you're still just a dawg.

441 days ago
28.

Italia    

That's why Randy Jackson was insulting Harry Connick, Jr. because he thought Harry Connick, Jr. was going to be the one replacing him. Yo, dawg, don't go away mad, just go away.

441 days ago
29.

Trecee    

Don't lie! Everyone got fired...

441 days ago
30.

Mysic_beats2013    

Tv Rates might go down after he leave

441 days ago
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