Confirmed: Mariah Carey Out As 'American Idol' Judge
May 30, 2013 at 4:17 PM (PT)
Speculation that the entire panel of "American Idol" judges will not return next year (NET NEWS, 5/9) is rapidly becoming a reality, as MARIAH CAREY joins RANDY JACKSON in publicly acknowledging their departures from the talent show. VARIETY reports that CAREY's publicity firm, PMK BNC, tweeted that the singer is departing the FOX series and planning a world tour in support of her new single.
In response, FOX and FREMANTLEMEDIA released the following statement: "MARIAH CAREY is a true global icon -- one of the most accomplished artists on the planet -- and we feel extremely fortunate that she was able to bring her wisdom and experience to the 'American Idol' contestants this season. We know she will remain an inspiration to 'Idol' hopefuls for many seasons to come."
There has no been word on the fates of the remaining judges, KEITH URBAN and NICKI MINAJ ... yet.