Someone is not waiting for the “American Idol” guillotine to fall at the end of the season and is instead getting the heck out of dodge now.
After being a part of the show since the very beginning, and also being the one man that just about everyone thought would be a part of the show until its dying day, the master of the phrases “yo,” “dawg,” and “in it to win it,” Randy Jackson has made the move to kiss the singing-competition farewell, quite possibly before producers can even start to think about firing him. Here is what Randy had to say in a new statement on Thursday to the folks over at E! News:
“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. 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.”
We had what we can probably best describe as an emotional episode on the show last night, where it basically destroyed the show’s best final three in years with drippy montages, manipulative editing, and judges that really have no interest in wanting to be at a table with each. For them, we imagine that going to work was a lot like going to prison – you’re locked in with people you want nothing to do with.
If Ryan Seacrest ever decides to leave, this show is really going to be in shambles. For now, we still expect there to be a clean sweep of the panel, and for whatever poor soul who will be put in charge of running the show next season all we have to say is good luck.