Randy Jackson leaving ‘American Idol’ after 12 years

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Jackson and Seacrest arrive for the American Idol Season 12 premiere event in Los Angeles, CaliforniaLOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Veteran "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson said on Thursday he was leaving the Fox TV singing contest to focus on his other business ventures. Jackson, who has been a judge on the show since its start in 2002, made the announcement amid falling ratings and rampant rumors about the future makeup of the celebrity panel. "Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol I have decided it is time to leave after this season," Jackson told entertainment news outlet E! News. …

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