*Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have decided to part ways with “American Idol.”
The two divas signed on as rookie judges for the show this past season, but constantly clashed on and off screen.
Carey posted this message on Twitter regarding her departure:
“W/ global success of #Beautiful (#1 in 30+ countries so far) @MariahCarey confirms world tour & says goodbye 2 Idol,” said a tweet Carey retweeted today from her publicists PMK BNC.
Minaj also confirmed that she’s leaving the Fox singing competition via Twitter on Thursday, sealing the deal with an internet kiss.
“Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience!” Minaj tweeted. “Wouldn’t trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!!”
Fox, FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment called Minaj a “superstar” in a statement regarding her departure, adding, “we wish her the best.”
“Nicki Minaj is a superstar who brought a level of honesty and passion to ‘American Idol and who had a tremendous impact on so many contestants this season,” the statement reads. “Given her extremely busy career, we understand and respect her decision and wish her the best.”
Fox also weighed in on Carey’s decision to move on to greener pastures.
“Mariah Carey is a true global icon – one of the most accomplished artists on the planet – and we feel extremely fortunate that she was able to bring her wisdom and experience to the American Idol contestants this season. We know she will remain an inspiration to Idol hopefuls for many seasons to come,” said Fox and producers FremantleMedia today.
*Wow, we’ve come a long way baby! “Entertainment Tonight” is hooking a brotha up big time.
“106 & Park” host Terrence J, aka Terrence Jenkins, is headed to the longstanding news magazine show following his recent exit from BET.
We hear the 30-year old host will be a contributor on the show, and a source close to the network tells AlwaysAList.com that ‘ET’ is “very supportive of him pursuing his acting career.”
Terrence J has been hosting “106 & Park” since 2006. Both he and his co-host on the show, former radio deejay Rosci, announced their departure this past May. Terrence J recently starred in the Steve Harvey blockbuster movie, ‘Think Like a Man,’will be in the upcoming film, ‘Sparkle,’ and also had a recurring role on the BET series, ‘The Game.’
Seems news magazine programs are a natural progression from a show like “106 & Park.” You may recall former ‘106 & Park’ host A.J. Calloway, who left the show in 2005, also joined a news magazine show, “Extra!” where he continues to work as a correspondent.
No word on when Terrence J officially starts on “Entertainment Tonight.” At press time, a rep for the show had not responded to requests for comment.
Good luck, Terrence J. May the force be with you, brotha.