Idol Bandleader Rickey Minor Headed to the Tonight Show With Jay Leno

One more American Idol exit…

First Paula Abdul took a hike, then Simon Cowell put in his notice so he could bring  X Factor to America in 2011. Now, bandleader, Ricky Minor is headed to the Tonight Show with Jay Leno to replace departing bandleader, Kevin Eubanks.

via TMZ:

TMZ has learned American Idol musical director Rickey Minor will become the new Kevin Eubanks on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

We’re told the announcement is supposed to be made tomorrow.

Minor has worked as a musical director for Beyonce, Ray Charles, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Whitney Houston and many others. He was also musical director for the Grammy Awards and the Super Bowl.

Eubanks is leaving the show late next month… exactly the same time “Idol” goes on hiatus.

NBC has since confirmed the story…

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