Randy Jackson and 'Idol' - what's the deal?
August 31st, 2012
04:06 PM ET

Randy Jackson and 'Idol' - what's the deal?

We've been light on the never-ending "American Idol" rumors this week, so here's a freshly spun one to tide everyone over:

Randy Jackson is said to be out as a judge on "American Idol," according to TMZ.

The speculation of what's to come for Jackson has been persistent since Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez sung their swan songs earlier this summer, but it's intensified as a growing list of possible "Idol" judges has bounced around the Web.

When Mariah Carey was confirmed as the newest "Idol" judge, some loose-lipped sources starting whispering to a few outlets that Jackson would possibly transition from being a judge to being a mentor.

TMZ says that it's officially the case, but (still) no word from Fox.

Filed under: American Idol 2012 • television

soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. Mentor

    Jackson would probably have jlo mentor on a week to biweekly basis.

    September 7, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
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    September 6, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Yes?

    are you the one that keeps asking bloggers for a phone number or email?

    September 5, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
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    September 5, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mark

    Aw man, yo. They demoted you, dawg.

    September 4, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. SC

    Daahh, don't be dupid....

    September 3, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mewatchblogstoo

    love jlo

    September 3, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. imargheritaanna17

    hot couple.

    September 3, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. realheat

    i hope the new two will be on fire all the time...

    September 3, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. simonandpaul

    once simon and paula are together the won't even hear the audience.

    September 3, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. realborerealnag

    i love american idol and they are wonderful people

    September 3, 2012 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. butch

    you have to have a host that is approachable...you can't put a nutjob in charge of people

    September 3, 2012 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. butch

    simon and paula should definatly return..they were hot together.

    September 3, 2012 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. realhousewivesrealprofessor

    But are they forcing him to transition or is he choosing to transition? We'll probably never know the truth (I'm sure Randy will keep mum because he's classy) but Im curious. I think if Fox is getting rid of him, they're crazy. What ever happened to loyalty? The show will sink if he isn't a judge. It's like replacing the whole cast of a sitcom. Doesn't work. You can replace a few people, but not everyone!

    September 3, 2012 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
  16. ianthomasyoung9

    They need to bring back Simon and woo Paula back too, then it won't matter who's sitting next to them.

    September 3, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  17. ianthomasyoung9

    Even though ratings have slipped in recent years, it still garners more advertising dollars than any other show so I doubt very much they will end it.

    September 3, 2012 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  18. just moon dr swollen

    riddess to you too

    September 2, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Dr swollen

    Hey all you crazy blogaz
    out there in blah blah blah land take it tizzy mon and stay well till next we meet. bon soir ladies and sleep well christina and sweet dreams this is dr swollen sining out god luv ya

    September 2, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  20. jane

    good riddensss

    September 2, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  21. bubba

    i'm reading all the musical websites right now..and i'll read them until i am done ok?

    September 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  22. payanari

    am at my computer now...i told you if you wanted s-x you could have just asked.

    September 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Dr swollen

    What would jimi say about idol ponder that thought for a minute. herein is the riddle to end all riddles. stay tuned for more certifiably deranged comments from dr swollen peace out

    September 2, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Dr swollen

    Hold on folks i need to pour myself a quadruple glug glug glug glug whew doggie now where was i oh yeah thats right hey randy hang in dare holmes dawg skillet cause you be da h and soul of da show but if you gots to go and we all know how dat feels den you have my blessin. just do me a flav o flavor and summon miss aguilera to da podium for judgin. ill be da one in da front row wit my bib firmly fastened and a drool bucket ta boot god luv ya peace out

    September 2, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  25. pyanari

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    September 2, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  26. pyanari

    http://musicelevation.info – The ultimate music , instruments , headphones , speakers , news , forum – blog

    September 2, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  27. Real

    Randy is the boss.

    September 2, 2012 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  28. GT

    Dawg that's some crazy news.

    September 2, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  29. tieshawn etter

    I am tired of America Idol. It has lost it's luster every since the shifting of judges began. Time to produce a new show bit before you do please take America's Next Top model away too. Whew! There. I said it.

    September 1, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Go Randy

    supporting randy he is the whole show–will watch idol when i can.

    September 1, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Ronica

    If Randy is being let go; then that's it for me. I'm not watching a show with a bunch of young people judging. They haven't been around long enough to know the ins and outs of music, the sounds, notes, lyrics etc. That show needs to stick to what have kept them on the air for all these years. RIP Idol.

    September 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Michael C.

    that worked for about 2 days...i just let you have fun with it...the whole dam summer..

    September 1, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  33. eddie munster

    gee pop..why am i so stupid

    September 1, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |

    is a hedge fund guy for year...monitors? call him on monday?

    September 1, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  35. DES HW

    still can't find him..its september give up.

    September 1, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  36. DES HW?


    September 1, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  37. ironman666

    good take another looser off tv who ever said he knows how to pick talent any how dont let the hit you in the ass on the way out

    September 1, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • patman

      that turd has been phoning it for years,,yo yo dawg....get lost!

      September 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  38. TPSH....

    heavy security.

    September 1, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Michael Caliazzo

    i wanna make love to him!

    September 1, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Top Shelf...

    alot of rehearsal is needed for top shelving...

    September 1, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Michael Caliazzo

    Please keep the show on the air.

    September 1, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Michael Caliazzo

    american idol is Part of of our Culture.

    September 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Michael Caliazzo

    We need a Ron Palillo Memorial Show!

    September 1, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Michael Caliazzo

    She is so very Top Shelf!

    September 1, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Peachy Flavored Pumpkins

    dee lish

    September 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  46. silly person

    not that type of pumpkin picking...duh

    September 1, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Uncle Reem Us


    September 1, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  48. gosh darn

    pumpkin pking?

    September 1, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  49. nurse

    and i'll sing you a rendition of donna summer's luv to luv you babe..lol

    September 1, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  50. Rob J

    Dawg Gone!

    September 1, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  51. Dr swollen

    However if christina aguilera were a judge on idol now theres a saucy babe. hey christina i can eat a peach for hours grrrr.

    September 1, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  52. Whale Patoot

    nobody cares

    September 1, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  53. Dr swollen

    frankly scarlet i dont give dime this country has way more important issues to be concerned with than groveling over this embarassment of a tv program who gives rats patoot next

    September 1, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  54. Hollywood

    Randy Jackson ought to leave with his grace and dignity intact. While others came and went, he stayed tough. Its time for the show to end anyway.

    September 1, 2012 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
  55. TOLI

    The show is now portraying that it's rotten_ one thing remaing $ that is STINKING.

    September 1, 2012 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
  56. TOLI

    The show should continue if they are not influenced by pride.

    September 1, 2012 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |

    this show should continue

    September 1, 2012 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
  58. T L K

    I stopped watching tv years ago because of shows like this. I don't see the appeal in it. Its like each season from what I hear the ratings drop and the talent is more generic and lacking any originality. People are afraid to think outside the box artistically.

    September 1, 2012 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  59. idolizer

    its time to go randy!

    September 1, 2012 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  60. Dino

    The show is almost dead.Place focus a lot more on the music ,and a lot less on the judges who are overpaid for their drivel.The voting system is seriously flawed and that is why idol is loaded with flops and contestants who's popularity is about as long as the lifespan of a house fly.

    September 1, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  61. Michael


    September 1, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  62. warren

    agree. Why is this show still on. But someone with talent as a judge mariah carey!

    August 31, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  63. T L K

    Why Is this show still on? smh

    August 31, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Joyce

    Randy needs to be a mentor judges keith urban toby keith @ sir elton john for varity

    August 31, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Club Fighter X

      So you think the show needs two chit kickin' rednecks and a switch hitter as judges? Sorry baby, but most of Amerika ain't down with that sorry assed country garbage music. You might like to listen to Toby Keith while you clean the trailer, but that sheet is straight up booty whack. As for Elton, I don't really have a problem with him, but there is no way in hell he would waste his time hanging out with those two losers. Word is bond, girl, this is how it needs to play out: Fuq dat 3 judge system, I think they need at least 5 judges. Chet Haze, Robbie Van Winkle, Captain and Teneille and Mel Torme's widow.

      August 31, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Please.

    Randy is not going anywhere

    August 31, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Chris

    This show needs to end. Its run its course. Toss out all those music talent shows too. Its all about the judges and not the "new found talent" anyway. The judges should just have their own talk show so they can just admire themselves in front of a large studio audience. (its what they want to do anyway)

    August 31, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  67. nickp91

    “American Idol's” game of musical chairs may have taken another casualty

    August 31, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  68. pyanari

    http://musicelevation.info/news/illuminati-killed-tupac/ Who killed 2pac and why

    August 31, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |

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