Peace, Dawg: Randy Jackson Is Leaving 'American Idol' for Real This Time

Grammy-winning producer puts speculation to rest

Randy Jackson American Idol Quits Leaving Peace Dawg
"Peace, dawg." Randy Jackson / Photo by Getty Images
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Chris Martins

American Idol's last standing original judge, Randy Jackson, will step down when the show's 12th season wraps on Thursday, May 16. The Grammy-winning producer's egress has been rumored for some time now — and the show's ratings have been in decline over the past couple of years — but the news was finally confirmed in a statement from his publicist. 

"Yo! Yo! Yo!" it actually begins. "To put all of the speculation to rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol I have decided to leave after this season. I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry. It's been a life-changing opportunity but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures."

Last we checked, Dream Merchant 21 was a record label within the Concord Music Group started by Jackson to release pop and dance, but we can't find a homepage for the venture. In 2008, DM21 released Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1, which featured appearances from Joss Stone, Brian McKnight, Jason Mraz, and numerous others. It also spawned a Paula Abdul single, "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow."

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