Randy Jackson to step down as 'American Idol' judge, report says
08/31/2012 by Olivia Allin
Randy Jackson will reportedly step down from his position as an "American Idol" judge, following the departure of Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. According to a TMZ report, which was carried by the New York Times, Jackson will not return to the reality series as a judge, but may take on a new role. FOX told OnTheRedCarpet.com that they had no comment on the reports. Jackson, the only judge to have served on all 11 seasons of "American Idol," has not addressed the rumors. According to the entertainment site, Jackson will serve as a mentor on the series. It is not known whether producer Jimmy Iovine will continue to serve as an "American Idol" mentor as well. In July, it was confirmed that Mariah Carey would act as a judge on the reality singing competition. Jackson, who is Carey's manager, had a hand in orchestrating her reported $18 million deal. Alanis Morissette and Nick Jonas both confirmed that they have been in talks to become "American Idol" judges. Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry have also reportedly been in talks to fill a seat on the judging panel, though Perry is said to have turned down a $20 million offer. In July, it was confirmed that Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler would be leaving "American Idol." The two served as judges for two consecutive seasons since 2010 and replaced departing cast members Simon Cowell, who left to launch FOX's similar show "The X Factor," songwriter Kara DioGuardi and TV personality Ellen DeGeneres. FOX has not announced if "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson will return for the upcoming 12th season, which is set to premiere in January.
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