Nicki Minaj is Leaving American Idol (Report)

US Magazine reports that Nicki Minaj will not be returning to American Idol next season:

“It’s safe to say she isn’t coming back to Idol,” an insider tells Us, adding that the “Roman Holiday” rapper will be focusing on her next album, touring, and endorsements. “She’s okay with it. She had a great time but was only going to do one season anyway.”

Amidst reports that all 4 judges will be axed from the show, only Randy Jackson has officially announced that he won’t be returning for another season.  Keith Urban joked with Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show  yesterday that he was taking Randy’s place next year.
But honestly, I fully expect a clean sweep of the judges panel, along with producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick and some major tweaks to the format.
Ryan Seacrest has confirmed that he’ll be returning as host next season. Sigh of relief.
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