Randy Jackson Reveals He Considered Quitting American Idol

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Oh…check out Randy Jackson covering his butt! Remember when rumors were flying about who would be sitting at the judges table for American Idol season 12? And many of us were thrilled when it looked like Randy was off the panel–shuffled off into a mentoring position?

Well now, Randy says HE CONSIDERED QUITTING IDOL. Yeah right. He tells Access Hollywood:

“It did cross my mind [to leave ‘Idol’], ‘cause, you know, when we started this, we never knew it would go this long,” Randy told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover and Wednesday’s Access Hollywood Live. “So, thank God, I was so blessed to have the show and have it go this long, but, you know, sometimes you want to look at some other stuff.”

Whatevah, Dawg.

Randy feels that Idol, as the maker of stars, will have longevity:

“This show could go as long as they really want it to go — I mean, you look at even the numbers now,” he said. “It’s the greatest [show] of its kind.

“Most things on TV that are reality shows, there’s no proof of concept — somebody wins and they just go away or whatever they get a trophy or prize and it’s on to the next one,” he continued. “This show, the afterlife is amazing when you look at the careers of Jennifer Hudson, you look at the career of Kelly Clarkson.”

And why does Idol produce successful musical artists when The Voice and X Factor cannot? Because those other shows are all about the judges, while Idol is about the contestants. O rly?

“When we started ‘Idol,’ nobody knew who we [the judges] were,” he explained. “We were not famous names! So we could be brutally, totally honest with people without worrying about whatever preceded us in our careers, [or] how people viewed us before.

Adding, “[And] we focus on the talent and we have some amazing talent this year. And that’s what the show is really about ‘cause kids win and they go on to have a shot at a career.”

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  • http://twitter.com/avrohama aj rabin

    NO DAWG Don’t leave!! We’ll miss you. Randy may have said many dumb comments but he brings back good memories of the good old days. And if he wants to be brutally honest he can be.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QXISMF77FUTM37Y5Z2CGBNSBQU Aaron

    Please leave Randy.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/X3EBGLZMUFDHE2PTJBT266WO74 Andy

    Does it mean Randy has a different optinion and disapproval of all Idol is (was) hiring are big name stars, like Steven, JLo, Mariah, Nikki etc? Dawg, I could not even remember any constructive criticism you ever given to any contestants… 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IHIRO4P2ZPNQFGMK5KR57VH3E4 Nanc

    Too bad he didn’t….I was over his one-liners 8 seasons ago….

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    Randy basically said Idol created stars because at the time their judges were not popular and could critique brutally without staining their own reputation. Well, their panel now as 3 superstars. Is he saying Idol will no longer find stars?

    AND RANDY NEEDS TO GO. Ugh. He’s the Louis Walsh (X Factor UK) of Idol. I heard Enrique was supposed to replace Randy before TPTB changed their mind but hes boring.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    These type shows need ONE person who is an old shoe, and I’ve said this before.  Look at DWTS, the judges have been there forever, if they change they need to keep ONE judge that everyone is familiar with.  Yeh, I can believe Randy wanted to quit because who wants to go through the musical chair every year and gel with new judges every year?
    He doesn’t need the money, he may need the exposure.  So yeh, I can go along with Randy.

  • Larc

    “When we started ‘Idol,’ nobody knew who we [the judges] were,” he
    explained. “We were not famous names! So we could be brutally, totally
    honest with people without worrying about whatever preceded us in our
    careers, [or] how people viewed us before.”

    Idol started going downhill when it abandoned that concept.  Pie-in-the-sky visions of big celebrities being able to draw lots more viewers haven’t worked so well, have they?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    @ Katie:
    I heard Enrique was supposed to replace Randy before TPTB changed their mind but hes boring
    ^^ You’re kidding?  Enrique is one of the worst singers out there.  He’s eye candy sure, but NO TALENT, only a NAME.  I think that would have definitely killed AI.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Does it mean Randy has a different optinion and disapproval of all Idol is (was) hiring are big name stars, like Steven, JLo, Mariah, Nikki etc? 

    Well, if he threw himself between Mariah Carey (his client) and the producers, crying “No! No! Mariah, don’t take the money! We need unknown judges!”, that scene wasn’t leaked to TMZ.

    Randy Jackson’s interviews have, with me, reached the point where I consider them as evidence that he’s not one of those novelty pieces of taking taxidermy like the singing salmon (or that the Teddy Ruxpin technology has improved remarkably over the years), more than as containing actual content that means something.

  • fantoo1

    A lot of the casuals actually seem to like him.

  • fantoo1

    And why does Idol produce successful musical artists when The Voice and X Factor cannot? Because those other shows are all about the judges, while Idol is about the contestants. O rly?

    To be fair, those other shows are about the competition between the judges, and they all mentor. Idol has always been about the judges-remember the constant Simon/Paula sideshow? Out of the three, idol is the least about the judges simply because of the format(judges aren’t competing).

  • zaclona77

    … where I consider them as evidence that he’s not one of those novelty pieces of taking taxidermy like the singing salmon…

    I LOL’ed so hard at this… thank you so much for enriching my life with the imaginary picture of Randy The Singing Salmon… OMG…

  • fantoo1

    Well if they still had the original Simon/Randy/Paula trio today, the ratings would be much worse than they are now. People would have called the show stale more than they do now.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/22WJ7E4VAXGNXLSPXYRJZVJXOI broddy

    I disagree with you that these types of shows need ONE person who is “an old shoe.”  If the concept of the show isn’t enough to sustain it, no matter who is in the judges chair, then it ought to be cancelled.  Fortunately for Idol, they struck gold with the format (and which, to the other point, is why it outshines the other shows in many people’s eyes), and it can last for a long time and doesn’t need any ‘old shoes’ — just continued good production values and great casting of the contestants which (mostly) works.

    That being said…. what about Ryan Seacrest?   You need an ‘old shoe’..?  He ain’t going anywhere and he is quite the Idol icon if people like you feel the show needs some kind of person who is the ‘legacy member’ of the team.

    Randy is, was and will always be the worst of the judges.  The “Randy-isms” are getting tired, and most of the time what he says doesn’t make sense and sometimes he uses two different pieces of logic that are hypocritical in the same critique.

    I’ll grant you this, he HAS gotten better since Simon left; but not enough to sustain a good reason for his staying on the show.   I think when they have these judges’ changes EVERYONE should go and start anew.

    So, yet again, at least half of the time (or more) that Randy critiques on this season, I will be once again rolling my eyes…

  • potatorocks

    I know this gets brought up every time a discussion about Randy ensues but it is worth repeating—-Randy often gives the Idols lower down the chain recording and performance opportunities they would not have had without him.   That has value I believe.

  • http://twitter.com/MikhailXO MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Oh sure. Randy was considerng leaving Idol when he caught wind of the public shame and humiliation he was to endure when they canned his ample arse. Not sure what production genius decided to honour his contract…but only one week in season 12 and he is as useless as ever. Way to go, Idol. :/

  • http://twitter.com/MikhailXO MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Not enough of a compensating factor for us to still have to listen to his horse shite, God awful, doltish, poorly worded cliches week after week. His mere presence is punitive, actually.

  • SullyD

    Considered quitting… right…
    Cockroaches never leave.

  • potatorocks

    Yeah.  Hard to argue with you.  In fact that is all the defense I can muster up for Randy.   And unless Ryan can mine some of that old enthusiasm, I think I will be questioning whether he is necessary either.   I thought last season was one of his worst.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Haha, thanks for the laughter of the day, Randy.

    The show will be cancelled someday and somehow you will still be a judge on American Idol.

  • abbysee

    I go between hating and liking Randy. I don’t think he’s as useless as many think. He’s more popular with less invested viewers I think. He’s a definite cheerleader for the idol brand, and out of all judges past and present he’s personally there for many alumni, I think that’s invaluable. Also, contrary to popular belief, he’s not this poor dude that made his fortune on idol. He may be a maddening name dropper, but he earned that, worked with real idols and legends. So yeah, I’d give him the benefit of the doubt.

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    I understand Idol wants an “old shoe” or someone who is a veteran for fans to have familiarity but I think having Ryan as the host since season 1 is already good enough.

    Randy tries so hard to be tough and I find it FAKE that once Simon left he decided to be the “mean/strict” judge.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1397704245 Anita P. Barber

    Yo, Dawg!  I’m pretty sure that when the show began most people knew who PAULA ABDUL was.  He needs to stay.  The show needs an elder statesman.

  • Larc

    That may be true, but we don’t know for sure.  What I do know is if you want somebody to dig a ditch, you don’t go out and hire the most famous person you can find.  You hire the best ditchdigger you can find.  Idol could have replaced the original judges with some who were first and foremost highly qualified to judge.  Let celebrity, if there were any, be gravy.

  • JPA5JPA5

    Randy need to stop the Kelly/Carrie/Jhud.. that was like 7 seasons ago. You need to create more stars like that who will be around a decade later..

  • JPA5JPA5

    @aj…I wouldn’t miss him at all….. Don’t feel he adds anything to the show… He hasnt said anything original or constructive in years.. Dawg pitchy idiotic clothes and urban slang. Go hawk your glasses at Walmart act your guitars at home shopping.. Focus on your behind the scenes producing opportunities

  • MissMyEm

    I’m not going to touch this with a 10 foot  pole.  If I did…I’d be writing a novel.

  • Mariyas

    Randy is non-sensical, useless, corny and a big joke.
    Does not add anything and shall not be missed if he leaves.
    Whatever he tries hard to do, doesn’t work and irritating.
    If he has any sense and shame, he should have left.

  • sdmama

    Worst tease, ever! 

    Like dangling a candy in front of a child and yanking it saying, I changed my mind.