Published May 31, 2013
Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey have confirmed they are done with “American Idol.”
Rumors have been circulating for weeks that the women, who both served as judges for the show’s 12th season, wouldn’t be returning. Now, FOX has confirmed their departure.
"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,” the network stated. “Given her extremely busy career, we understand and respect her decision and wish her the best."
On Thursday, Carey’s reps tweeted the singer wouldn’t judge the show for season 13.
"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,” the network added. “We know she will remain an inspiration to ‘Idol’ hopefuls for many seasons to come."
Minaj and Carey memorably bickered throughout their time on the series and many fans of the show expected at least one of them would not be returning.
Veteran judge Randy Jackson also announced his departure from the singing competition several weeks ago.
Season 12 judge Keith Urban said he “has no official information” on whether or not he will reclaim his seat on the panel next season.
Ryan Seacrest, who has hosted the show since its inception, said he plans to be back next season.
He tweeted his well wishes to Minaj and Carey after their announcements.
“Thx for the run [Mariah Carey] and [Nicki Minaj]... we'll miss u,” he wrote, adding “So whose mirror do I use now... and where will I get glitter from [?]”