The Dawg has left the building.
Amidst historically low ratings and criticism that American Idol has grown stale, Randy Jackson resigned this afternoon from the Fox competition.
“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 E! News. “I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry.”
Jackson went on to say he plans to focus on his company, Dream Merchant 21, as well as “other business ventures.”
Ratings for Season 12 of Idol have been decreasing each week and there's been talk that all four judges would have been replaced this summer even if Jackson did not leave on his own.
Producers are reportedly hoping to assemble some kind of dream team that includes Justin Bieber and/or Selena Gomez.