Is Randy Jackson Next Judge Out on 'Idol'? And the Superstar Reportedly Negotiating to Replace Him Us Weekly
With Steven Tyler now out as a judge on Fox's long-running hit "American Idol," might Randy Jackson be the next person to exit the judging table?
Says Us Weekly, "Now, a source tells Us Weekly that Tyler and [Jennifer] Lopez's fellow judge Randy Jackson is also making a big move -- with plans to leave the judges' panel but remain involved with a mentoring role on the show."
The story adds, "One very likely new judge? Mariah Carey, whose manager is Jackson himself, and who could fill a similar judge's role assumed by fellow superstar Lopez, 42. 'They are in serious talks with Mariah and it's very close to being a done deal,' the source says. 'And they will move Randy into a more mentoring role.'"
The article continues: "The insider added that show producers are scrambling to fill the other two slots alongside Carey; other celebs who have been considered to sit at the judges' table include Fergie and Adam Lambert."
As previously reported, Tyler has announced he is leaving "Idol," and J-Lo continues her negotiations with the show about her possible return this fall.