R andy Jackson’s exit from the American Idol judges’ table has been long rumored and now sources are calling it fact. Citing sources, say that Randy Jackson, the only Idol cast member other than host Ryan Seacrest to have an on-air role since season one, will transition to a mentor role in season 12. Randy was expected to remain with the Fox show that’s been home to him for more than a decade in part because, he co-manages new judge Mariah Carey. Reps for Randy and the show have yet to respond to request for comments. Elsewhere on the American Idol judging front:
Sources indicate the Nicki Minaj deal is “99% done” despite a reported beef between her and Mariah Carey. Sources says Mariah Carey “doesn’t want her at the table — a fact producers love because they think the conflict and tension will be good for the show.” Keith Urban, Enrique Iglesias, and Nick Jonas are also rumored to be considered for the judge’s table.