Remember when the American Idol judges table comprised of Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell? Oh, it’s been a while. And now, alas, the final member of the original line-up is set to take his leave.
Yes, Randy Jackson, who’s been part of the hit Fox series since its inception in 2002, will not return in January for season 14.
“[Randy has shaped] the success of so many Idols we have discovered over the years,”; producers noted in a statement released Tuesday. “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.”
American Idol season 14 will feature Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. as judges, and Ryan Seacrest (the show’s last original member) as host.