DAWG, WE HARDLY KNEW YE: RANDY JACKSON LEAVING ‘IDOL’

Posted 2 years ago

By Jason Wentworth

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – No more “dawg” and “dude” and “in it to win it” on “American Idol” anymore. Randy Jackson is leaving after 12 years as a judge. Jackson says being on “Idol” has been a “life-changing opportunity” and he’s proud to have helped to change television and the music industry. The only reference to Jackson’s departure on last night’s show was Ryan Seacrest referring to voting results by saying, “We will reveal who will be leaving our show,” and swinging Jackson’s chair around. Jackson pretended to not know what he meant. “Idol” was once unbeatable in the TV ratings, but this year its ratings have plummeted. Fox and “Idol” producer FremantleMedia will not comment on reports that the entire judging panel will be replaced next season.