That's a hat-trick! Randy Jackson 'quits American Idol judging panel' after 11 years… as Keith Urban is slated to 'replace' him
19:12 GMT, 31 August 2012
Randy Jackson has quit the American Idol judging panel, it has been claimed.
He follows Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler as the latest casualty of the TV talent show.
Jackson is the only original judge remaining on the show so his departure would spell an entirely fresh crop of judges, and reports have emerged that Keith Urban may be set to replace him.
I quit: Randy Jackson (L) has reportedly left the American Idol judging panel and it has emerged that Keith Urban may replace him
According to TMZ, the 56-year-old veteran member will still appear on the show but in a mentor capacity.
The bassist was part of the original line-up of judges alongside Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul and has sat on the panel for all 11 seasons.
Lopez and Tyler each announced they are leaving the show last month and who will replace them remains to be seen.
End of an era: He follows Steven Tyler (L) and Jennifer Lopez to become the third and final member of the panel to leave
New role: Randy will reportedly return to the show in a mentor capacity
But according to TMZ country star Keith Urban is currently hashing out a contract to replace Jackson on the panel.
The website claims that the husband of Nicole Kidman, who is a coach on The Voice Australia, is expected to earn between three and four million dollars if he gets involved.
Meanwhile Mariah Carey has officially signed up and it has been reported that Nicki Minaj is extremely close to inking a deal.
However season 12 of the show will allegedly see a four person panel and several names have been thrown into the mix as to who could fill the remaining two seats.
Latest casualty: Randy's departure would make way for an entirely new crop of judges
After reports to the contrary TMZ has
claimed that Kanye West and Diddy are no longer in the running, despite
producers apparently being keen to get one or both of them on board.
And Alannis Morissette said in a recent interview with CNN: 'Yes, I have been in conversations about it, and that's the degree to which I can share the info right now.'
It was reported last week that Katy Perry rejected a $20million offer to join the panel – a pay packet that would have trounced Mariah’s $18million, which currently sets her as the highest paid reality TV judge.
Mail Online has contacted a representative for Randy Jackson for comment.
Veteran member: Randy has been on the show since its premiere alongside Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell
In the mix: Mariah Carey (L) has officially signed on to join the show while Nicki Minaj is reportedly extremely close to inking a deal