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*Deadline.com is reporting that producer Jimmy Iovine will end his duty as in-house mentor on “American Idol,” and will be replaced by former judge Randy Jackson.

Iovine, co-founder of Interscope Records and chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M, joined “Idol” in Season 10, the first without original judge Simon Cowell. With his music executive/producer experience and no-nonsense attitude, Iovine was tipped to fill the void left by the acerbic British music executive. Iovine’s Interscope Geffen A&M also took over from Cowell’s label in handling the albums of the “Idol” finalists.

While “Idol” has ended its relationship with Iovine, the show may not be left without a top music producer evaluating the contestants as Dr. Luke has been in talks for the last vacant seat on the judging panel, joining Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez.