Randy Jackson Officially Leaving "American Idol"

Randy Jackson Officially Leaving

Getting ready for a serious career change, Randy Jackson announced he is officially leaving “American Idol” after the current season.

Taking to Twitter, the last remaining original judge wrote, “Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol I have decided it is time to leave after this season.

I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry, said Jackson, adding, Its been a life changing opportunity but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures, Jackson added.

The social media announcement comes just as rumors have been swirling that Fox plans to get an entire new judging panel- which means also giving the axe to Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey.