No, dog! Not Randy Jackson too!
If the buzz going around the web is true, the last original judge left on "American Idol" is leaving the popular Fox talent show.
The network told us it has no comment about the speculation; but Richard Rushfield, author of last year's tome "American Idol: The Untold Story", explained to KPCC why he thinks the rumors are true.
"[Jackson] was originally brought in to be a non-threatening balance against what executives feared would be the explosive presence of British import Simon Cowell," Rushfield, who also co-edits The Native Angeleno blog said Friday afternoon.
"Through the years, he has sat at one end of the table or the other, being unthreatening but never making much of an impact. With 'Idol' in trouble, it seems they can no longer spare a seat for the non-threatening guy," Rushfield, who covered the show during its heyday for the Los Angeles Times, concluded.
Twitter, as one might imagine, got a little pitchy, when tweeting about Jackson.
Most shocking cut so far today: Randy Jackson out as a judge on American Idol.Dolphins will work him out Monday.— Marc Hochman (@MarcHochman) August 31, 2012
Nicki Minaj is replacing Randy Jackson on @americanidol wtf.... Never watching it again. EVER.— Selena Despotovic (@SelenaaaD) August 31, 2012
randy jackson is done on American Idol!!! hallelujah— - (@SilentlyL0ud) August 31, 2012
Randy Jackson isn't a judge anymore?!?!?! I am extremely #TeamSnoopLion now.— B. K. ? (@OhHeyBrittanyyy) August 31, 2012