American Idol is losing one of its last remaining original players.
Jackson, who first started as a judge and later became a mentor, will not return for the upcoming 14th season of the series.
“Randy has been such an integral part of American Idol since Day 1, both as a judge and as a mentor. He’s provided great advice and support, shaping the success of so many Idols we have discovered over the years. We wish him all the best in his next chapter. Randy will always be part of our Idol family and we hope he’ll visit from time to time,” Fox, Idol producers FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment said in a statement.
Jackson first announced that he planned to exit Idol after season 12, when he left the judges’ panel. Shortly afterward, he was invited back to serve as a mentor, replacing Jimmy Iovine. His departure leaves host Ryan Seacrest as the only returning key player from Idol’s original team.
This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.