August 20, 2012
Nicki Minaj Reportedly Finalizing American Idol Deal
"I'm not sure the deal is completely done yet, but yes, she is definitely doing it. A few more slight things to sign off on but it is happening,” a source claims.
Neither Minaj, 29, nor Fox has commented. About four weeks ago, the network confirmed Mariah Carey is replacing Jennifer Lopez. Lopez and Tyler announced their departures in early July.
"The next few years are going to be dedicated to kicking some serious ass. Idol was over-the-top fun, and I loved every minute of it. ... Now it's time to bring rock back,” Tyler said in a statement at the time.
"I honestly feel the time has come that I have to get back to doing the other things that you do, and you have to pay attention to that, too. I could keep doing Idol for the rest of my life, but that would be giving up a bunch of other things. I feel like we had an amazing run,” Lopez said in a radio interview with Ryan Seacrest.
Meanwhile, Fox has not commented on the fate of Randy Jackson – the only original judge remaining on the show. Insiders claim Jackson may leave the panel because producers want to “freshen everything up now.” Jackson will likely move into a “mentoring role,” a source says.