Randy says he’s done with ‘American Idol.’ In a new interview, the longtime judge explains why it’s the right time to leave the series.
Randy Jackson Leaving ‘American Idol’
“Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol I have decided it is time to leave after this season. 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,” Randy told E! News.
We imagine that Randy told producers, “For me, for you, I can’t go down like this, dog. I’m in it to win it, but it’s just my time to go.” (Okay, so it definitely didn’t go down like that, but we’ll miss all of Randy’s questionable sayings — and pins!)
Over the past 11 years, there have been numerous changes to the reality show, but Randy has always been a constant. He was the last original judge left on the panel, having once sat next to Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, when the show first launched in 2002.
“There’s always been chaos with American Idol, but this year it’s been more than ever,” a source tells E! News.
Earlier today, a report claimed that Idol is looking to replace all four judges before returning in 2014. Perhaps Randy decided to quit before he was let go.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? How do you feel about Randy leaving American Idol?
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