American Idol has been slowly decreasing in popularity almost since the season premier. Now it has been confirmed that the last of the original judges, Randy Jackson, won’t be returning to the show next year.
Jackson was one of the original three judges at the start of the show (Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul being the other two) and after 12 seasons Jackson is calling ti quits. Jackson told E! News, “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.” Jackson 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.” It’s nice that he mentioned his company, saying ‘my company’ would have left people dying to know more.
Of the timing is suspicious, this is coming right after reports that fellow Idol judge Mariah Carey fired Jackson as her manager. No further comments have been made on the issue.