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Randy Jackson leaving American Idol

10 May 2013, 11:11

Los Angeles - Randy Jackson out.

The original American Idol judge says he won't be returning to the Fox talent competition.

"To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol, I have decided to leave after this season," Jackson said in a statement onThursday.

"I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry."

'Yo, dawg'

The 56-year-old record producer and bassist called the experience a "life-changing opportunity". He said he's leaving Idol to focus on his record label and other business opportunities.

Jackson has served as a judge on all 12 seasons of Idol. He first appeared on the panel alongside Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul when the competition debuted in 2002, becoming famous for his easygoing "yo, dawg" rapport with contestants.

Jackson currently judges the show with pop royalty Mariah Carey, R&B diva Nicki Minaj and country star Keith Urban.

His exit comes amid reports the entire panel will be replaced next season. A spokesperson for Fox and spokesperson for Idol producer FremantleMedia declined to comment.

The current 12th season is set to conclude next week.

- AP


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