Nicki Minaj Reportedly Next to Leave ‘American Idol’

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  • On the heels of Randy Jackson’s announcement that he’s leaving “American Idol” after 12 seasons — and amid rumors that producers are firing the remaining three panelists — Us Weekly is reporting that Nicki Minaj is about to announce her exit as well.

    “It’s safe to say she isn’t coming back to Idol,” an insider tells Us, adding that the rapper will be focusing on her next album, touring, and endorsements. “She’s okay with it. She had a great time but was only going to do one season anyway.”

    Minaj, 30, joined the FOX series in 2012, alongside fellow new judges Keith Urban and Mariah Carey, with whom she has an ongoing feud. The two divas frequently clashed both on and off the air, sometimes taking their rivalry to Twitter. After one particularly heated disagreement on the May 1 episode of Idol, Minaj slammed the “Touch My Body” singer as “insecure” and “bitter.”

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