Lopez is leaving 'American Idol," Tyler is out and Jackson may be next
BY RITA SHERROW World Television Editor
Friday, July 13, 2012
What a difference a day makes.
Steven Tyler confirmed his exit from "American Idol” Thursday while fellow judge Jennifer Lopez told the "Today" show she was undecided about staying on the Fox series for another year.
But, Friday, she broke the news she, too, is leaving on "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest's radio show, accoridng to hollywood.com.
And one publication is reporting that record producer Randy Jackson, the last of the original "American Idol" judges, may be on his way out, too.
"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," reported US Weekly Friday.
The story lists Mariah Carey, who is managed by Jackson, as a possible replacement for Lopez on the judging panel for the 12th season of the reality TV competition.
"They are in serious talks with Mariah and it's very close to being a done deal,"
according to US Weekly's source. "And they will move Randy into a more mentoring role.'"
With at least two spots to fill, the show's producers are said to be considering celebrities including Fergie and Adam Lambert as possible replacements.
Jennifer Lopez is the latest to announce she is leaving Fox's "American Idol' after serving two years as a judge on the hit reality singing competition.