Randy Jackson Exiting ‘American Idol’ After 13 Seasons
Randy Jackson, after 13 seasons working on American Idol, has decided to leave the reality singing competition.
Randy Jackson Leaving ‘American Idol’
Jackson announced Tuesday that the thirteenth season of American Idol had been his last with the Fox series. For 12 seasons of the show, staying on after fellow original judges Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul moved on to other projects, Jackson stayed on the panel. The 13th season saw the American Idol veteran take on a more behind-the-scenes role as the mentor.
“I’m proud to have been 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,” Jackson said in his statement. “A true original, Idol started it all. Onto what’s next.”
Fox released a statement concurrently with Jackson, praising the judge for his contribution to the show over the years and wishing him well in his future endeavors.
“Randy has been such an integral part of American Idol since day one, both as a judge and as a mentor. He’s provided great advice and support, shaping the success of so many Idols we have discovered over the years,” Fox told People. “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.”
With Jackson saying goodbye to Idol, Ryan Seacrest remains the only personality who’s been with the show since its inception in 2002. Staying on as host for American Idol’s 14th season, Seacrest will be joined by last year’s trio of judges – Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr.