Jackson tells "Extra" in a statement, "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.”
He added, “It's been a life-changing opportunity but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures."
Does Randy’s exit mean a complete shakeup for the show? Paparazzi asked producer Nigel Lythgoe if he plans to leave too. So far, he’s staying mum, giving the cameraman a “no comment.”
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Longtime “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson announced yesterday that he is leaving the hit reality show.