Randy Jackson to leave American Idol
The last original American Idol judge, Randy Jackson announced Thursday that this season will be his last.
In a statement released through his representative Jackson said, “Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on ‘American Idol,’ I have decided to leave after this season.”
Jackson was one of the original judges along with Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul when the show debuted in 2002.
“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 said.