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THAT'S ALL FOLKS: Mariah Carey And Nicki Minaj BOTH ANNOUNCE Their DEPARTURE From "American Idol"

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Earlier today, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj both used Twitter to announced their departures from "American Idol".  Watch the divas bow out gracefully inside...

 

Following in the footsteps of Randy Jackson, both Mariah Carey and her hip hop rival Nicki Minaj announced that they're leaving "American Idol."   

Earlier today, Mariah retweeted an announced from her publicist... 

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Following her tweet, Fox and producers FremantleMedia and 16 Entertainment released a statement that said:

“Mariah Carey is a true global icon — one of the most accomplished artists on the planet — and we feel extremely fortunate that she was able to bring her wisdom and experience to the American Idol contestants this season. We know she will remain an inspiration to Idol hopefuls for many seasons to come.”

And in what "might" have been a power move to steal Mariah's thunder, a very short while later, Nicki Minaj ALSO announced her departure from the show.  

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As they did with Mariah, the "AI" producer released a statement praising Nicki's job saying, 

“Nicki Minaj is a superstar who brought a level of honesty and passion to American Idol and who had a tremendous positive impact on so many contestants this season. Given her extremely busy career, we understand and respect her decision and wish her the best.”

 

So....it looks like reports about all the judges being fired from the show might have been true!  Of course, Nicki and Mariah "kept up appearances" and said they're going back to music....but it really sounds like they were replaced.  

We guess Keith Urban's announcement will come tomorrow.  Today.....was for the ladies.  

Photos via Kevin Winter/Getty Images North America

 

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Both these women should have

Both these women should have never been working together.
kimaras31's picture

Jesus has NEVER watched...b/c

Jesus has NEVER watched...b/c he cannot take Ryan Seacrest
Jesus H. Christ's picture

Kenny Rogers once sang "You

Kenny Rogers once sang "You gotta know when to fold 'em..." and Nicki knows best! She's a great talent with a great PR team. I can see only bigger, better things in her future! http://dave-lucas.blogspot.com/2013/05/nicki-minaj-vs-hot97-finale.html

Nothing can save this show.

Nothing can save this show. It's run its course. NEXT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

When Nikki says it's time to

When Nikki says it's time to focus on the music she actually means: time to focus on this garbage. I love Mariah but I loathe Nikki with her stank nose looking self.
BEEMA SUX DIX's picture

I have no interest in seeing

I have no interest in seeing former contestants/winners as judges. That is the worst move ever. The numbers will plummet.
PacificGirl's picture

I stopped watching probably

I stopped watching probably (3) years ago; it became more about the judges then the talent; why am I gonna watch a judge making 18 million..not...for what; so they can get a raise next year..
ladydiinpa's picture

I totally agree! When the

I totally agree! When the show became about the judges it went down hill. Do they even bother developing the last few winners into an artist or do they just give them a million & send them on their way.
Somerknight's picture

Yelp they can cancel it. I

Yelp they can cancel it. I haven't watched since Ruben. Plus they are catering to young audience so get younger maybe more Pop judges. I never knew why anyone would want an Opinion by Nikki. She is a made up Cartoon Character
lola69's picture

I hope Keith Urban stays. He

I hope Keith Urban stays. He was awesome and very fair. Would love to see Jennifer, Adam and Kelly as judges also.
JewelryLover's picture

Keep Mariah, fire everyone

Keep Mariah, fire everyone one else. AI still gets millions of viewers so the show is still HOT! I don't watch it but the numbers don't lie.
sexe757's picture

they need to just cancel the

they need to just cancel the show

Yes! The last time I watched,

Yes! The last time I watched, Ruben Studdard won. lol. Sometimes you have to just accept when it's a wrap.
CheyPie's picture

So when Randy gonna bounce?

So when Randy gonna bounce? Chexkout thegrandreport, they got some good stuff on there too
V's picture

Randy has bounced, yep not

Randy has bounced, yep not coming back either.
Chicknchips's picture

I haven't watch the show

I haven't watch the show since Fantasia won, so ...
SlowNeckBecky's picture

Excellent...is the show over

Excellent...is the show over yet?!

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