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American Idol Season 12 Coming To An Awkward Close: A Look At Nicki/Mariah Beef & Randy Jackson’s Departure

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American Idol Team Season 12

One of the biggest stories to hit the world of music last week was all the news surrounds everything going on with American Idol’s 12th season coming to a close.  The season’s end has brought an intense focus to the relationship problems of the judges, and how it relates to the show’s future.  Randy Jackson, Idol’s only remaining original judge released a statement announcing his up coming departure last Thursday.  You can read Jackson’s official statement below.

“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,” Jackson said in a statement. “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.”

Jackson’s announcement surfaced among the rumors that Fox is looking to retool the show’s Judging panel completely, and dismiss everyone else too. This would include Mariah Carey. Carey, who has been a longtime friend of Jackson’s was managed by him up until very recently.  Jackson told E! News exclusively, that in addition to him leaving the show, he will no longer be her manger.  Specifics on the reason for their split aren’t officially disclosed.

True to form, it seems that the only entertainment reporter getting what appears to be honest info on everything surrounding the show’s rumors is the Idol  host Ryan Seacrest.  He sat down with outspoken judge Nicki Minaj to discuss the conflict between her and Mariah on an E! News exclusive.  If you want to see what the drama was all about this may be the interview to watch.  Find the video embedded below.

We’ll do our best to keep you up to date on any news surrounding the show’s changes.  Right now there are rumors that, in addition to inserting a new judges panel, long time executive producer Nigel Lythgoe is looking for the door as well. Kree Harrison and Candice Glover begin competing to be this year’s American Idol on Wednesday. Will you be watching?

Ryan Seacrest Interview’s Nicki Minaj (excerpt)

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