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Randy Jackson Out as 'American Idol' Judge: Report
Randy Jackson's exit from the "American Idol" judges' table has been long rumored and now TMZ is calling it fact. Citing sources, the website says that Jackson, the only "Idol" cast member other than host Ryan Seacrest to have an on-air role since season one, will transition to a mentor role in season 12.
Jackson was expected to remain with the Fox show that's been home to him for more than a decade in part because he co-manages new judge Mariah Carey.
Reps for Jackson and the show have yet to respond to The Hollywood Reporter's request for comment.
Elsewhere on the judging front, THR hears Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban have yet to sign their Idol deals but are both expected to early next week. As previously reported here, the show is also pursuing Enrique Iglesias for a fourth spot.
TMZ sources indicate the Minaj deal is "99% done" despite a reported beef between the rapper and Carey. The gossip site says Carey "doesn't want her at the table ... a fact producers LOVE because they think the conflict and tension will be good for the show."
It has also been confirmed that Nick Jonas is under consideration to become a judge. Earlier this month the youngest Jonas brother tweeted, "The rumors are true... I am being considered to be a judge on American Idol, and it would be a dream come true if it happens."