With Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler having announced their departure from "American Idol", Randy Jackson is the last man standing on the judging panel. Responding to the news, the record producer says in a statement to E! Online that their relationships will continue although they are no longer working together.
"Steven and Jennifer are truly two of the most talented and consummate professionals I've worked with," he sings praise to his former fellow judges. "I was friends with them before we hopped on this crazy journey together and I have no doubt our friendships will continue long after. I will love them for life."
Randy's fate on the singing competition itself is still up in the air. A source recently said he had been thinking for "a while now" that it might be time to leave. However, he doesn't completely shut down the possibility of returning, "if they offer him the right deal."
Meanwhile, previous report said Randy could be moved from the judging panel to serve as a mentor. As for replacements, Miley Cyrus, Mariah Carey and Adam Lambert have been named top candidates to be the new judges, with Nicki Minaj and Stacy Ferguson a.k.a. Fergie being considered as well.
Both J.Lo and Steven joined "Idol" in the tenth season that ran in 2011. Explaining about her situation, the "On the Floor" songstress said on Ryan Seacrest's radio show, "The time has come that I get back to doing the other things that I do." Meanwhile, the Aerosmith frontman said he quit the show to focus more on his band.