Randy Jackson - Randy Jackson Walks Out On American Idol, Or Was He Pushed?

Randy Jackson - who has been an American Idol judge since the advent of the show in 2002 - will not return to the panel for the new season. The music industry veteran has essentially been demoted to the position of 'mentor' - a decision that he's understandably none too happy with, reports the New York Post.
Early reports suggested Jackson had left the show of his own accord, though that now doesn't appear to be the case. A source revealed, "Producers definitely wanted Randy off the judging panel, and proposed to make him a mentor.Not surprisingly, Randy wasn't too happy about that and tried to negotiate a bigger role. The situation has not been sorted out". With American Idol reverting to a four-judge format, it appears as though head honchos want the biggest stars available in order to compete with The X Factor Usa, which boasts Britney Spears, Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato amongst its judges. There has already been controversy in the build-up to the new Idol season, with new arrival Mariah Carey apparently unhappy with talks to bring Nicki Minaj into the fray. An insider said, "At the moment the show is in disarray, as they still need to sign another male star to the panel". That star will not be Kanye West or P Diddy, who have both been linked with the show, though could be a prominent male country singer (with Idol bosses wanting to capitalize on the show's healthy habit of creating country artists). Keith Urban and Brad Paisley are both being sounded out for the role.
Randy Jackson has been in the headlines recently for all the wrong reasons, getting caught up in a family feud involving Michael Jackson's children.


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corlista

Wrong Randy Jackson, idiots. One is Michael's brother. The other is not. Get it right!
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Here we go again...contactmusic, get your facts straight! This is NOT Michael Jackson's brother Randy, this is the "other" Randy Jackson...sheesh!
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I know, Corlista! I get sick of people always getting that wrong! They make money doing this?? Shame! Get the story straight people!
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Oh my goodness! They've got it all twisted again! They do not even know the difference between this Randy Jackson and MJ's brother, Randy.
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What in the hell is wrong with the people who write for contactmusic? Is there anything that involves Michael Jackson that they don't mess with? Is the fact that these two men both are named Randy Jackson or that they both are black men in show business with the same name OR WHAT?????? I almost thought they had finally decided to respect MJ(for a minute) after reading how the kids celebrated their dad's birthday. But as if on message the last thing I read is the PROPOFOL thing. It's not enough that MJ's fans have to be reminded on a daily basis that MJ died on June 25, 2009, but these people have to keep saying what happened. WE KNOW THIS ALREADY!!!! Then it's the total disrespect of calling MJ out of his name with that wacko s-it!! At what point will it be enough and these people will realize it is no longer necessary to do this for ratings? If MJ's name is used you can bet that you will get the readers and if you show respect for Michael Jackson(that he deserves) you will get even more readers! It's been 3 years now and I think your readers deserve better!
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You need to get your facts straight contactmusic This Randy Jackson is in no way related to the Randy Jackson, Michael Jacksons (brother). So this story and the facts do not add up.
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eeh you daft sods.
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