Randy Jackson OUT as American Idol Judge
TMZ reports Jackson will still remain a part of the show as a "mentor"
(TMZ) - The dawg days are over at "American Idol" - TMZ has learned Randy Jackson is officially LEAVING the judges table, but will still remain a part of the show as a "mentor."
Sources connected to "Idol" say theres some concern among the brass that Jackon is not well-suited for the mentor role... but they feel they need him because hes the glue that helps keep the show together.
As for his replacement... sources tell us Nicki Minajs deal is 99% done, but still not a sure thing just yet.
TMZ reports the honchos are keenly aware Mariah Carey isnt a fan of Minaj and doesnt want her at the table... a fact producers LOVE because they think the conflict and tension will be good for the show.
A.I. will once again go with a 4th judge, and producers are reportedly gunning for someone from the country music world for the third seat. Seat number 4 is up in the air.
Finally, although "A.I." wanted Diddy or Kanye West, TMZ reports they are definitely out of the picture.
Thiiiiiiiiis... is getting intense.
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