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Randy Jackson reportedly exits 'American Idol' as judge
Aug. 31, 2012, 9:11 AM EST
Randy Jackson will become the latest
judge to leave the "American Idol" line-up,
according to TMZ. The singer/record producer was
the last remaining member of the show's original panel after launching the first
season with Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul in 2002.
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He has now reportedly left his seat on the judging panel, following in the
footsteps of Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, who both quit at the end
of the 11th season earlier this year.
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Jackson will reportedly keep his connection to "American Idol" by staying on
as a mentor for contestants, according to TMZ. Mariah Carey recently joined the
show's line-up, while Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban are both rumored to be in
the running for slots on the panel.