Musician Randy Jackson arrives at the American Idol XIII 2014 Finale in Los Angeles, California May 21, 2014. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

Musician Randy Jackson gets to the American Idol XIII 2014 Finale in Los Angeles, Florida May 21, 2014.

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(Reuters) – “American Idol” judge and also mentor Randy Jackson is leaving the Fox TELEVISION singing competitors after 13 periods, the network said on Tuesday, after the program suffered a decline in ratings in the last few years.

Music producer Jackson, 58, was one of the show’s initial three courts in addition to Paula Abdul, that left the program in 2009, as well as Simon Cowell, that left in 2010. Jackson left the judges’ panel after 12 periods, however proceeded as a mentor in the 13th season this year.

“He’s provided great insight and also assistance, forming the success of many Idols we have actually discovered throughout the years,” the network and program’s production business FremantleMedia North America as well as 19 Home entertainment said in a statement.

“We hope he’ll visit from time to time,” the declaration added.

“Idol,” as soon as among the top rankings hits on 21st century Fox Inc’s Fox Broadcasting with greater than 30 million customers at its peak, has seen a decline in viewership in spite of its top-level judges.

The show attacked a collection low of 10.6 million viewers tuning right into the season finale earlier this year.Current courts Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and also Harry Connick Jr. will all return for the show’s 14th season next year, and also host Ryan Seacrest, that has actually been with the show considering that its beginning in 2002 and also has come to be one of the highest-profile U.S. television hosts. Fox just recently slumped to last place in rankings amongst the significant UNITED STATE journalists,

and the network’s leading entertainment executive Kevin Reilly stepped down from his part. Fox said”Idol” will certainly be downsized next season from concerning 50 hrs to 37 hrs.(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Modifying by Mary Milliken as well as Lisa Shumaker)