Music Director Rickey Minor Leaves 'Idol' For Leno
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"American Idol" bandleader and music director Rickey Minor is leaving the show after this season to become the music director on "The Tonight Show."

Rickey Minor's on-air debut alongside Jay Leno will be June 7.

Current "Tonight" bandleader Kevin Eubanks formally announced he was stepping down from the job last night.

On "Idol," Minor was responsible for working with the contestants to arrange and perform their songs for each week's live performance show. He will continue to consult with "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller, although specific projects were not named.

There was no immediate announcement on who will replace Minor on "Idol."