American Idol: All Four Judges And Nigel Lythgoe Are Gone Released by Transworld News Additional Reporting by Ron Lemon
May 10, 2013
Thanks to waning ratings, a big shake up is reportedly coming to American Idol.
Insiders claim show bosses plan to sack all of the judges – including Randy Jackson, the last remaining original judge.
Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe is also allegedly on the chopping block.
“All four are gone,” the source tells The Wrap of Jackson, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban.
Bosses hope the shake up will bring viewers back. "They feel they've lost their core audience and they want it back,” says the insider.
Another change in the works is a cutback on hefty pay checks -- new judges won’t receive anything near Carey’s reported $18 million a year or Minaj’s $12 million a year. “No more big checks for divas,” adds the source.
No comment has been made by Fox or reps for Minaj, Carey and Urban.
However Randy Jackson released a statement to E! News confirming that he will not be returning next season.
"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," he says.
"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."
He said nothing about being fired but rather stated he wanted to move on to other projects.
There has been no statement from Nygel Lythgoe. That is unusual in that he usually has something to say about everything.
Reps for FOX remain silent.
The next American Idol winner will be crowned next week. The two finalists are Kree Harrison and Candice Glover.
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