In September, it was revealed that “American Idol’s” Randy Jackson was splitting with his wife of 18-years.
Now, the last of the original judges on the once-thriving competition series has announced he is leaving “American Idol.
This is not the 58-year-old music man’s first time announcing his departure from the show. In 2012, Jackson decided to leave his judge’s post and become a mentor on the series. A few months later, “American Idol” producers shifted Jackson back to the judges’ seat for season 12.
When “American Idol” returned in January 2014 on Fox, Jackson finally moved to the mentor position for season 13.
Now, as “American Idol” gears up for season 14, Jackson is leaving the show altogether.
“After 13 seasons, I felt now was the perfect time to leave American Idol,” Jackson said in a statement to AlwaysAList.com. “I’m proud to have been a part of a series that discovered some incredible artists and will go down in history as one of the most successful television shows ever. A true original, ‘Idol’ started it all. Onto what’s next.”
Jackson will now focus on producing TV and film projects and artist management through his company Dream Merchant 21 Entertainment.
In addition to working on “American Idol,” Randy served for a time as manager of his best friend Mariah Carey; produced a reality series for MTV called “America’s Best Dance Crew;” released a CD, “Randy Jackson’s Music Club, Volume 1″ via Concord Records; and worked as a music executive for the now defunct MCA Records.