Jack­son leav­ing Idol af­ter 12 sea­sons, dawg

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

LOS AN­GE­LES — Randy Jack­son out.

The 56-year-old Amer­i­can Idol judge says he won’t be re­turn­ing to the Fox tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion af­ter serv­ing 12 sea­sons on the show’s judg­ing panel.

The record pro­ducer said in a state­ment Thurs­day that he’s leav­ing Idol to fo­cus on his record label and other busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Jack­son be­came fa­mous for his easy­go­ing “yo, dawg” rap­port with con­tes­tants. He first ap­peared on the panel along­side Si­mon Cow­ell and Paul Ab­dul when the com­pe­ti­tion de­buted in 2002, and cur­rently judges the show with Mariah Carey, Nicki Mi­naj and Keith Ur­ban.

Jack­son’s exit comes amid re­ports the en­tire panel will be re­placed next sea­son. A spokes­women for Fox and spokesman for Idol pro­ducer Fre­mantleMe­dia de­clined to comment.

The cur­rent 12th sea­son con­cludes next week.

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