Randy Jackson Is Exiting ‘American Idol’ After 13 Seasons

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Randy Jackson Is Exiting ‘American Idol’ After 13 Seasons (1)

Randy Jackson, the only remaining original judge on “American Idol,” won’t be returning for season 14.

The music producer joined the singing competition in 2002 alongside Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul during the first season of American Idol.

Randy Jackson said in a statement: “After 13 seasons, I felt now was the perfect time to leave American Idol. I’m proud to have been a part of a series that discovered some incredible artists and will go down in history as one of the most successful television shows ever. A true original, Idol started it all. Onto what’s next.”

Last year, Jackson announced he would be exiting the show, but became a mentor instead and replaced the role of music CEO Jimmy Iovine.

If he does continue with his plans, AI host Ryan Seacrest would be the only remaining member of the original “Idol” team. He joins 14th season judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr.

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