'American Idol' Season 12: Randy Jackson Out As Judge, Taking On Mentoring Role (REPORT)

08/31/2012 09:21 am ET

Looks like the rumors are true!

While fellow judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez left the judges panel "American Idol" back in July, Randy Jackson was still hanging on -- until now.

According to TMZ, Jackson has officially exited the judges table, but will "still remain a part of the show as a 'mentor,'" TMZ says.

"I'm so excited to be joining 'Idol.' I wanted to be there today and I wish I could've been there myself to tell you," Carey told the audience at the Television Critics Associate Summer Press Tour via phone. "It happened really quickly. I can't wait to get started in a couple months."

Luckily, it seems the long search for new judges may be coming to a close: Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban are reportedly in final negotiations to join the panel. Phew!

"American Idol" returns to Fox in January 2013.

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