The news of Minaj's "American Idol" departure comes almost immediately after Mariah Carey announced she was leaving and about a month after Randy Jackson revealed he would be stepping down from the series after serving as a judge for 12 seasons.
Minaj told her Twitter followers she'd be focusing on her music now that she's leaving "Idol."
Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn't trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!!
-- Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) May 30, 2013
Fiesty judge Minaj was a controversial member of the "Idol" judges panel in Season 12, which saw Candice Glover win the top honor. And it wasn't only because of Minaj's beef with Carey -- many viewers didn't enjoy her judging style and she was constantly being blasted online.
Rumor has it Keith Urban won't be returning for Season 13 of "Idol" either.
"All four are gone," an insider told The Wrap earlier this month. "They feel they've lost their core audience and they want it back."
"I have no official information of anything," the country singer told the Associated Press earlier this week. "I'm pretty much in the same boat as everybody else here with the rumors that have been floating around. It was like this before I signed on ... so it's not unusual for the 'Idol' folks to be in this place of figuring out what they want to do, then they always pull it together."
So who will be judging "American Idol" Season 13? Vulture recently reported that Jennifer Hudson's deal to join the panel is "essentially done," while a source told The Wrap that "she got the offer and her reps are currently negotiating with [the show's production company] Fremantle."
Vulture had previously reported that Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson had been approached about judging Season 13 of "American Idol" as well, while Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken's names were both in the mix. But don't expect to see Clarkson on the panel next year: A rep for the former champ told The Hollywood Reporter that she will not be judging Season 13.
Former judge Jennifer Lopez has also reportedly been circling the "American Idol" panel for next season. The singer, dancer and actress, who judged Seasons 10 and 11, has been rumored to return for Season 13 and she Lopez recently told USA Today that whether or not she'll return to "Idol" is "the question of the moment." "I loved doing the show. I've said that over and over," she added. "For an offer to come in and for me to consider it, I would have to sit down and look at my next year."
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