Randy Jackson talks 'American Idol' future, diabetes on 'The View' (Poll)
Randy Jackson's future at "American Idol" remains a mystery and the veteran show judge remained mum when asked about it on ABC's "The View" on an episode that aired on Monday.
In July, it was confirmed that Mariah Carey would join the FOX singing competition series as a judge, following the departures of Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, who both joined and left the series as part of casting shakeups amid declining ratings.
Jackson, who is Carey's manager, had a hand in orchestrating her reported $18 million deal. But FOX has not confirmed whether or not he will resume his role as a judge on the upcoming 12th season of "American Idol." In late August, a TMZ report, which was carried by the New York Times, said Jackson will return in a new role after serving as a judge since the show's 2002 debut.
"Well, listen, I don't think everything has really been worked out, what's going to happen with the show," Jackson said on "The View," which asked about the matter. "Let's see what happens. It hasn't all been worked out, but let's see what happens. In the next couple of weeks, it'll be worked out, I'm sure."
"We can't do it without you, Randy," guest co-host and actor Tony Danza added.
FOX has declined to comment about the casting report or about others surrounding the show. The Hollywood Reporter said on Monday that Enrique Iglesias was eyed to become a judge but that producers recently stopped negotiations and are instead looking to have Jackson return to the judge's panel.
Other celebrities named as possible judges, according to various reports, include hip hop star Nicki Minaj and country singer Keith Urban.
Preliminary auditions for "American Idol" began earlier this summer. More advanced tryouts, held before the judges, are set to take place in the coming weeks. "American Idol" returns for season 12 in January 2013.
Jackson appeared on "The View" to promote Merck's "Taking Diabetes To Heart" campaign, which features him as its latest celebrity spokesperson. Jackson was in 2003 diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. At his peak, he weighed 350 pounds. Later that year, he underwent gastric bypass surgery and changed his diet and lifestyle, shedding about 100 pounds. His weight loss was apparent on "American Idol."
He said on "The View" that when he was first diagnosed with diabetes, he thought he had a cold or the flu. In reality, he was experiencing symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis, a life-threatening complication that sent him to the emergency room, where doctors worked to get his blood glucose down from a whopping 500 to normal levels - typically a fifth of that figure.
After he was out of danger, he started exercising, beginning with daily half-hour walks.
"'I think you've got to definitely put more fruits and veggies in your lifestyle," the Louisiana native said. "I tell people always - I grew up in the South where food is just, oh my God ... Everything's fried, there's lard, there's butter."