Home Celebrity Randy Jackson, As We Always Said, Remains “American Idol” Judge

How many times did you read this summer, particularly on TMZ, that Randy Jackson was out at “American Idol”?  http://www.tmz.com/2012/08/31/american-idol-randy-jackson-judge-nicki-minaj-mariah-carey/ Why, you wonder, do regular news outlets like the New York Post and countless websites, just pick up TMZ’s half baked news and report it like it’s the truth? I don’t get it.

I told you at the beginning of the summer when Mariah Carey signed on–she’s managed by Randy–that Jackson was not only staying but that he had to, he was the heart and sould of “Idol.” Rock stars could come and go as temporary judges, but Randy was the mainstay of the show. http://www.showbiz411.com/2012/07/13/american-idol-update-randy-jackson-will-bring-mariah-carey-jlo-out

Yesterday–surprise–Randy joined Mariah and newcomers Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj at Lincoln Center for show auditions. He’s still there, and in charge. These three new judges will be looking to him for advice about how to play this season.

So now what for everyone who reported “Randy Jackson is OUT!” Like a lot of junk that came out of tabloid reporting this summer, it was all wrong. But hey–it doesn’t matter. And not one of those other sites–including the Post, which is owned by the same company as Fox, the network of “Idol”–bothered to pick up the phone and make an independent sourcing call. Oh well.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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