Los Angeles: "American Idol" judge and mentor Randy Jackson is leaving the Fox TV singing competition after 13 seasons, the network said on Tuesday, after the show suffered a decline in ratings in recent years.
Music producer Jackson, 58, was one of the show`s original three judges along with Paula Abdul, who departed the show in 2009, and Simon Cowell, who left in 2010. Jackson left the judges` panel after 12 seasons, but continued as a mentor in the 13th season this year.
"He`s provided great advice and support, shaping the success of so many Idols we have discovered over the years," the network and show`s production companies FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment said in a statement.
"We hope he`ll visit from time to time," the statement added.
"Idol," once one of the top ratings hits on Twenty-First Century Fox Inc`s Fox Broadcasting with more than 30 million viewers at its peak, has seen a drop in viewership despite its high-profile judges.
The show hit a series low of 10.6 million viewers tuning into the season finale earlier this year.
Current judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. will all return for the show`s 14th season next year, as well as host Ryan Seacrest, who has been with the show since its premiere in 2002 and has become one of the highest-profile U.S. television hosts.
Fox recently slumped to last place in ratings among the major U.S. broadcasters, and the network`s top entertainment executive Kevin Reilly stepped down from his role. Fox said "Idol" will be scaled back next season from about 50 hours to 37 hours.