After twelve seasons of boosting the hopes and dreams of aspiring singer while simultaneously making ‘Yo dawg’ a catchphrase once more, Randy Jackson has announced he will be leaving American Idol at the end of its current season.
In a letter to fans and viewers of the show, Jackson wrote “Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to rest, after twelve years of judging on American Idol I have decided to leave after this season. I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry. It’s been a life changing opportunity but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures”
Jackson isn’t the only one on the way out. Rumors are spreading like wildfire that Mariah Carey will step down as well (and be replaced with Jennifer Lopez). We’ll update you as more information becomes available.