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Randy Jackson the lone remaining original American Idol judge will not be returning to the Fox talent competition next season. Idol host Ryan Seacrest only hinted at Jackson`s impending departure at the beginning of Thursday`s episode. "A little later on we`ll be announcing who`s leaving our show", joked Seacrest. As he swiveled Jackson around in his chair toward him. "Maybe a head`s up?"`. Apparently Seacrest, who`s been with the show as ling as Jackson Jackson found out along with the rest of the world Thursday when 56-year-old producer and bassist announced his departure. Jackson said in a statement that he`s leaving to focus more on his record label and other business opportunities. "To put all speculation to rest, after 12 years of judging on American idol idol I`ve decided to leave after this season", he said. "I am very proud of how we have changed television and the music industry forever". Jackson currently judges the show with pop superstar Mariah Carey and R&B diva Nicki Minaj and country legend Keith urban. His exit comes amid reports the entire panel will be replaced next season. A spokeswoman for Fox and spokesman for idol , producer Freemantle media media declined to comment. MUCH LOVE TO RANDY.
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