After thirteen years on the hit reality competition series, Randy Jackson is officially going to be leaving American Idol for real this time.
The 58-year-old music producer served as a judge on the program for twelve seasons before announcing his departure to work on other ventures. He then returned to the show in the mentor slot vacated by Jimmy Iovine.
It has now been announced that Randy will not return for season fourteen next year.
“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 (via The Hollywood Reporter).