The 56-year-old judge is the only one on the panel that has been there from the beginning and his departure comes right after reports surfaced saying that next season will see an entirely new group of judges.
“Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol I have decided it is time to leave after this season,” Randy told E! News. “I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry. It’s been a life changing opportunity but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures.”
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