Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj Leaving American Idol
On Thursday, Carey reTweeted a post by her reps that announced, “W/ global success of “#Beautiful” (#1 in 30+ countries so far) @MariahCarey confirms world tour & says goodbye 2 Idol.”
Minutes later, Minaj Tweeted: “Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn’t trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!!”
The news comes after weeks of speculation that the entire current judges panel would be leaving the show.
Carey and Minaj followed the departure of the show’s top “dawg,” Randy Jackson, who said he was looking forward to “focusing on my company … and other business ventures.”
Only the fate of Keith Urban remains in question.
One thing about Carey’s departure is certain – she is not leaving without her hands full.
“The rest of this year is jam-packed with Mariah putting the finishing touches on her much anticipated forthcoming album, headlining the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular and appearing in Lee Daniels’s The Butler, opening in August,” her rep tells PEOPLE in a statement.
• Reporting by LIZ McNEIL