Nicki Minaj Is Leaving ‘American Idol': Report
“It’s safe to say she isn’t coming back to Idol,” the source said. “She’s okay with it. She had a great time but was only going to do one season anyway.”
The source adds Minaj, who made a reported $12 million for the gig, will move on to focus on her music and endorsements after the show wraps on Thursday.
If confirmed, Minaj would be the second person from the show’s current panel to depart the show; Randy Jackson, Idol’s only remaining original judge, confirmed he’s leaving last week. The future of the remaining two judges, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban, remains uncertain.
Though if other reports are to be believed, they’re gone, too. Sources recently told The Wrap that Fox will take a chainsaw to the panel as it tries to reboot a show that is currently seeing its worst ratings in over 10 years.
Last week, Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly commented on the report, saying, “Everything is on the table at this point is on the table.” He also said the show is “likely” to return to its original three-judge panel next year.
Minaj’s role on the show has been tenuous from the get-go, due in great part to her behind-the-scenes feud with fellow judge Mariah Carey.