Randy Jackson Leaving 'American Idol' Judges' Panel (REPORT)

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Randy Jackson has departed American Idol after 11 seasons with the top-rated FOX series, sources for TMZ reported Friday.

Sources claim that Jackson -- who is the only remaining original judge on the show -- will transition into a mentor role when the show returns to the small screen at midseason.

A rep for FOX had no comment on the story.

Meanwhile, TMZ is also reporting that a deal for R&B singer Nicki Minaj to join the judges' table is "99 percent done, but not a sure thing yet."

Sources also claim the show will add a fourth judge for the first time since Season 9, when the panel was filled by Jackson, Ellen DeGeneres, Kara DioGuardi and Simon Cowell.

So far, only one judge has been confirmed for Season 12: Grammy-winning diva Mariah Carey, who inked her deal shortly after departures from Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez.

Host Ryan Seacrest will also return for another round of drama and commercial breaks this January.

Jackson, who has worked with some of music's biggest artists in his decades-plus carer, joined the show in its inaugural season in 2002, alongside Cowell and Paula Abdul.

In addition to coining such catchphrases as "Yo dawg," "In it to win it" and "For you, for me," Jackson famously chose future Oscar-winning star Jennifer Hudson as his wildcard pick, in Season 3.

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