31 August 2012 3:21 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Is Randy Jackson leaving American Idol?

Nope. But he won’t likely be a judge next year either.

The current status of the Fox reality hit’s 12th season panel negotiations puts the 56-year-old record producer in a mentor-like role, sources confirm. Unless Jackson decides to leave the show, or the talks with his potential replacements completely fall apart, he’s expected to shift to a new position on the top-rated series. Jackson has been a well-regarded member of the show’s cast since the series debuted in 2002, but Fox and producers would like to make a judges panel clean-sweep for the 2013 season. »

- James Hibberd

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