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Yo dawg! Original Idol judge Randy jumps ship

Categories: Music, Television

Amid American Idol's plummeting ratings, rumours of a massive revamp being planned for the one-time TV ratings giant and a losing battle against fresher rival The Voice, original judge Randy Jackson has announced he's taking his leave from the televised singing contest.

"Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol, I have decided to leave after this season," Jackson said in a statement.

A Grammy-winning producer and prolific session bassist who has worked with a wide-range of acts (from Journey to the Divinyls to Mariah Carey), Jackson might have been the least known O.G. judge when the show -- an American version of the Pop Idol phenomenon -- debuted in 2002. After all, it's hard to stand out against the acid of Simon Cowell and the bizarro Paula Abdul.

Still, Randy carved out a place with his easy nature and distinctive, recognizable catchphrases, well-seasoned with a "yo," the oft-used "dawg," the ubiquitous "dude" or perhaps a comment about "pitchiness."

We offer up a salute to Randy, of sorts, by sharing the above video -- a bit of creative editing from a few years back. Cheers, dawg.

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