It was the worst kept secret in Hollywood — Mariah Carey is not returning to American Idol.
She is the second judge to bow out of the TV show that dipped 22 percent in the rating.
“Mariah Carey is a true global icon,” FOX and FreemantleMedia said in a statement to RumorFix, “ 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.”
Randy Jackson, who judged the show for 12 seasons and is Mariah’s manager, announced he was leaving the show on May 9. Keith Urban joked on Ellen that he’s going to replace Randy on the show. And, no word yet on the fate of Nicki Minaj, although reports say she won’t be invited back.