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[05/09/13 - 02:22 PM]
E! News Exclusive: Randy Jackson: I'm Leaving "American Idol"
"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 says.

[via press release from E!]

E! News Exclusive: Randy Jackson: I'm Leaving "American Idol"

Even if the reports are true that Fox wants to replace all four judges on American Idol next season, it doesn't matter to Randy Jackson.

Jackson tells E! News exclusively that he's done with the show.

"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 says. "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."

Despite the multiple changes to Idol over the years, Jackson is the only original judge who has remained with the show. "There's always been chaos with American Idol, but this year it's been more than ever," a source said.

Rumors of an upcoming bloodbath suggest that all four judges have options to return for another season, but Fox won't renew them. Our source insists there was never an option on Jackson's deal.

But it's not like Jackson doesn't have enough to keep him busy. In addition to new music (including collaborations with Mariah Carey), sources tells us he's working on a new book, film and television development deals and his growing branding business, which already includes eyewear, watches and guitars.

A rep for Fox declined to comment.





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[12/28/14 - 07:20 PM]
NBC to Televise Steelers' AFC Wild Card Game This Sat., Jan. 3 in Primetime & AFC Divisional at New England on Sat., Jan. 10 at 4:30 PM ET
The schedule will be finalized after the conclusion of tonight's Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers game on NBC.

[12/28/14 - 09:41 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: "20/20" Paves the Way for ABC Demo Victory
The Alphabet's newsmagazine leads the night among adults 18-49.

[12/28/14 - 09:34 AM]
Rebroadcast of "SNL" with Host Jimmy Fallon Equals Its Highest 18-49 Rating for a Saturday 10 p.m. Encore Since Premiere Week
NBC spins the numbers for Saturday, December 27.

[12/27/14 - 08:50 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Viewers, Shares Demo Crown with ABC
"Dateline NBC" and 20/20" lead their respective networks in both categories.

[12/27/14 - 08:36 AM]
"Dateline NBC" Delivers the Biggest Overall Audience of the Night on the Big 4
NBC spins the numbers for Friday, December 26.

[12/26/14 - 09:14 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "Grinch" Steals Christmas for ABC
The Alphabet is the top draw in both total viewers and adults 18-49 last night.

[12/26/14 - 08:42 AM]
Encore of "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" Grows from Its First Half-Hour to Its Second, Despite the 10 p.m. hour, in Adults 18-49 and Total Viewers
NBC spins the numbers for Thursday, December 25.

[12/26/14 - 08:28 AM]
ABC Wins Christmas Prime with "The Grinch" Hitting a 5-Year High
ABC spins the numbers for Thursday, December 25.

[12/26/14 - 07:54 AM]
NBA on ABC: Cavaliers-Heat Christmas Showdown Up 12 Percent with Strong 5.5 Overnight Rating
ESPN spins the ABC numbers for Thursday, December 25.

[12/26/14 - 07:39 AM]
"Colin's Cartoons Special" on December 27 to Feature Best Cartoons of 2014
"Colin's Football Show," which showcases the host's unique take on college and professional football, airs Sundays at 9 a.m. on ESPN2 during the football season.

[12/25/14 - 10:36 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Wins Christmas Eve with "It's a Wonderful Life"
The Peacock leads the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[12/25/14 - 10:34 AM]
NBC's 38th Primetime Telecast of "It's a Wonderful Life" Wins the Night Among the Big 4 in 18-49, Total Viewers and All Other Key Demos
NBC spins the numbers for Wednesday, December 24.

[12/24/14 - 08:50 AM]
"One Direction: The TV Special" Scores a Four-Week High for NBC in Its Slot in Teens 12-17
NBC spins the numbers for Tuesday, December 23.

[12/24/14 - 08:39 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Tops Demos with Holiday Specials, "The Year"
The Alphabet leads the night among adults 18-49 while CBS is the most-watched network.

[12/24/14 - 08:26 AM]
ABC Wins Tuesday in Adults 18-49 with Animated Specials and "The Year"
ABC spins the numbers for Tuesday, December 23.