YES! Randy Jackson said on The View this morning that he is not leaving American Idol.
He said that someone called him the glue of the show. I think that would be ME!
Rickey’s Judging Panel: Randy Jackson, Adam Lambert and
Carrie Underwood Mariah Carey!
AMERICAN IDOL judge RANDY JACKSON has dismissed reports suggesting he is set to follow JENNIFER LOPEZ and STEVEN TYLER and leave the show.
His two sidekicks quit Idol last week (ends13Jul12), and the shake-up prompted gossip sites and bloggers to suggest that TV bosses were looking to make a clean sweep and start season 12 with a whole new judging panel.
One insider went so far to suggest Jackson would step back from the judges’ desk and mentor wannabes, so his longtime friend and collaborator Mariah Carey could take his place.
But the session musician-turned-TV personality insists he’ll be back.
Appearing on The View on Friday (20Jul12), he said, “Someone called me the glue (of the show).”
Jackson went on to state he has no hard feelings about being the last man standing, following Tyler and Lopez’s departure, stating, “I love Steven and Jennifer immensely… I’ve been friends with them for a long time, (and) that will continue.”
Executives are still working to fill their empty seats, with will.i.am, Fergie, Adam Lambert and Carrie Underwood joining Carey in the mix of potential candidates.