Two Judges Confirm They Are Leaving ‘American Idol’

May 31, 2013  •  Post A Comment

"American Idol" continued its housecleaning, with two more judges announcing they’re leaving the program. They join judge Randy Jackson, who has previously confirmed that he’s leaving the show.

Now the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker reports that Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey are headed out.

"Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience!” Minaj wrote on Twitter. “Wouldn’t trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!!"

Carey also confirmed on Twitter that she’s leaving the show. Reports had surfaced earlier this year that all four judges would be leaving after a season of declining ratings, as previously reported.

Fox said in a statement about Minaj’s departure, "Given her extremely busy career, we understand and respect her decision and wish her the best.”

There hasn’t yet been word on the fate of Keith Urban, although the Times notes that "the writing is clearly on the wall."

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