Mariah announced her exit amid rumors that ‘AI’ producers were going to make a clean sweep anyway before next season.
As previously reported, ‘American Idol’ is extremely interested in bringing back Jennifer Lopez to judge next season — and keeping Mariah and J.Lo would clearly be a bad fit and a pricey one at that.
Nicki tweeted her sayonara thanking ‘Idol’ for a “life changing experience.”
If you’ve forgotten just how “life changing” — TMZ broke the story last October when Nicki and Mariah got into a 4-letter-laced battle royal during ‘Idol’ auditions in Charlotte.
Still no official word on last man standing, Keith Urban’s future. Randy Jackson’s already said he won’t be back.