Randy Jackson on leaving American Idol: ‘people don’t focus enough on the talent’

He also claims that people are too obsessed with the judging panel

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Posted 24th May 2013 in News, American Idol | By Clickmusic News Desk
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Big Dawg Randy Jackson has opened up about his exit from Fox's American Idol, admitting that he's been through too many iterations of the show.

The Dawg made the comments during an interview with ABC News and told the publication that, in the end, there wasn't enough of a focus on the talent.

"I don't think it's a case of 'Why give it up now?'" he told ABC News. "I just think that I've been through a lot of iterations of the show."

"I really have always felt that people made too much of the judges and not enough of the talent."

Randy also admitted that he found it "hard to take" when Paula Abdul left the show at the end of season eight, and when Simon Cowell left after the season nine finale.

His comments follow a turbulent year for Idol, which saw frenzied news coverage over Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj and little interest in the season 12 contestants. Stories circulated that J.Lo was being considered to replace Mariah and continued to hype up the feud between the two women.