Randy Jackson Is Leaving 'American Idol' & This Time It's For Good

Randy JacksonBelieve it or not, it's over, dawg. That's right, Randy Jackson has decided to call it quits on American Idol, and will not be returning for Season 14. Not even in a mentor capacity, you guys. The last remaining Idol original aside from Ryan Seacrest left the judge's table after Season 12 in 2013, but was back three months later as a mentor.

This time it looks like Jackson is moving on for good.

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Our favorite chillaxed singing show judge released a statement on Tuesday, November 11, saying, "After 13 seasons, I felt now was the perfect time to leave American Idol ... I'm proud to have been a a part of a series that discovered some incredible artists and will go down in history as one of the most successful television shows ever. A true original, Idol started it all. Onto what's next."

Fox also released a statement, echoing Randy's sentiments. "Randy has been such an integral part of American Idol since Day 1, both as a judge and as a mentor," the statement read. "He's provided great advice and support, shaping the success of so many Idols we have discovered over the years ... We wish him all the best in his next chapter. Randy will always be part of our Idol family, and we hope he'll visit from time to time."

The 58-year-old was one of the original judges, alongside Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul. He was often the middle ground of reason between the two, when Simon was super critical and Paula just loved everyone. Bless him.

So what's next for Jackson? According to E! News, he will "continue producing TV shows and movies and managing artists through his company Dream Merchant 21 Entertainment."

We wish him the best of luck, and though we will miss him, we're looking forward to Season 14 judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr.

Are you going to miss Randy Jackson on American Idol?

 

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