It’s the end of an era for “American Idol,” with a cast member who has been a part of “Idol” from the beginning announcing he’s leaving the show. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that Randy Jackson is set to depart the Fox singing competition after 13 seasons.
Jackson has been with the program since it debuted, starting out as a judge and later becoming a mentor. He won’t return for the show’s 14th season.
In a statement, Fox and ‘Idol’ producers FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment said: “Randy has been such an integral part of ‘American Idol’ since Day 1, both as a judge and as a mentor. He’s provided great advice and support, shaping the success of so many Idols we have discovered over the years. We wish him all the best in his next chapter. Randy will always be part of our ‘Idol’ family and we hope he’ll visit from time to time.”
This marks the second time Jackson has announced his departure from the show, after he said he planned to leave the program after the 12th season. Soon after that announcement, he was asked back to work as a mentor.
With Jackson’s departure, Ryan Seacrest is the sole remaining original member of the “American Idol” team, the story notes.