Randy Jackson Leaving ‘American Idol’

Fox's "American Idol XIII" Finalists PartyIt’s the end of an era for ‘American Idol.’ Randy Jackson, the only judge left from the show’s start, is leaving the show. He stepped down from the judge’s table last season but stayed on as a mentor. Now, he’s done altogether. RELATED: People aren’t drawn to the “catfights” on ‘American Idol.’

Randy released a statement to People confirming his departure.

After 13 seasons, I felt now was the perfect time to leave American Idol. I’m proud to have been a part of a series that discovered some incredible artists and will go down in history as one of the most successful television shows ever. A true original, Idol started it all. Onto what’s next.”

This leaves Ryan Seacrest as the only one from the first season of ‘American Idol’ left with the show. I hope Randy finds something exciting to do next!

Fox's "American Idol XIII" Finalists Party
Fox's "American Idol XIII" Finalists Party
Fox's "American Idol XIII" Finalists Party
Fox's "American Idol XIII" Finalists Party
Fox's "American Idol XIII" Finalists Party
Fox's "American Idol XIII" Finalists Party
Fox's "American Idol XIII" Finalists Party
Fox's "American Idol XIII" Finalists Party
Fox's "American Idol XIII" Finalists Party
Fox's "American Idol XIII" Finalists Party

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Clay Aiken Loses Congressional Bid, Announces Return to Television

Clay Aiken has come in second once again.

The artist-turned-politician, who finished second to Ruben Studdard on American Idol, lost his North Carolina Congressional race last night.

He was defeated by incumbent Republican Renee Ellmers, who claimed 56 percent of the district’s vote and who was first elected in 2010 to the same office.

Clay Aiken Snapshot

If he had pulled off the upset, Aiken would have become the first openly gay congressman elected from the South.

It was a tough campaign overall for the Democrat, who distanced himself as often as possible from President Obama and whose primary challenger (Keith Crisco) actually died in May.

Then, last night, Aiken’s bus broke down after leaving a polling station. The accident took place after he voted and police had to tow the vehicle off the road.

Despite these setbacks, Aiken won’t be leaving the spotlight any time soon.

Esquire Network has announced that Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn have been behind the scenes of Aiken’s campaign since his February candidacy announcement, filming footage for a four-hour untitled docuseries that will premiere in 2015.

“We were granted incredible access during the making of this documentary, and in turn were able to capture the internal workings of an American campaign – the good, the bad and the ugly,” Simon said via statement, with Jonathan adding:

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Esquire Network, who are tackling topics that are not only popular and entertaining but also smart and thoughtful.”

Aiken can also take solace in knowing he was far from the only Democrat to lose last night. Far, far, far, far from the only one.

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Rihanna claims she never meant to Tweet #FreePalestine. The message was taken down immediately after going up.

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Jennifer Lopez Ben Affleck Was Her First Big Heartbreak

We Day Vancouver Press ConferenceNow that Jennifer Lopez has written a memoir called ‘True Love,’ she’s opening up about some of her famous romances in the past. In an interview with Maria Shriver, Jennifer was asked about how soon she married Marc Anthony after her high-profile split from Ben Affleck. RELATED: Jennifer Lopez says she felt “abused” in some past relationships.

Jennifer told Maria:

Right, you’re absolutely right. It was probably my first big heartbreak, and to have one of my best friends who I’d known for years, who I actually love and did have chemistry with, come into my life and say, ‘I’m here’…What you need to know is, nobody can save you or heal you. Only you can do that for you.
“It’s still a work in progress for me. It’s how you feel as a child, you know, being a middle child and kind of being invisible sometimes, or, you know, trying to get the attention.
“So what did I do? I overachieved. I was the one who ran track and I won medals every weekend. Or I was the one who would go on the show and steal the show. And that would give me confidence. But there was a part of me that just wanted love, that felt like she wasn’t worthy of the love.
“I’m open to love, but right now, I think it’s better to just be on my own for a minute and learn more about myself.”

It sounds like Jennifer’s done some serious introspection! I’m really curious about ‘True Love.’ I definitely think I’ll be checking out at least the sample if not buying it outright. How about you: are you interested in Jennifer’s memoir?

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Nicole Kidman Ready For ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

Nicole Kidman Makes An Appearance On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'While Keith Urban is busy with the Hollywood auditions on ‘American Idol,’ Nicole Kidman is hitting the talk show circuit. She has a movie coming out this Friday called ‘Before I Go To Sleep.’ I want to see that one!  RELATED: Fasten your seat belt before watching the trailer for ‘Before I Go To Sleep.’

She also has a movie coming out in December: ‘Paddington.’ Yep, it’s based on the lovable British teddy bear. I’m sure everyone with kids will be making the trek out to the theater to see ‘Paddington.’ For now, however, I plan on having a scary Halloween with ‘Before I Go To Sleep.’ It looks pretty scary!

Colin Firth co-stars in the movie with Nicole. She’s strong enough to carry a movie on her own, but put the two of them together, and you’ve got an unbeatable cast. So you plan to check out ‘Before I Go To Sleep’?

Nicole Kidman Makes An Appearance On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'
Nicole Kidman Makes An Appearance On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'
Nicole Kidman Makes An Appearance On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'
Nicole Kidman Makes An Appearance On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'
Nicole Kidman Makes An Appearance On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'
Nicole Kidman Makes An Appearance On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'
Nicole Kidman Makes An Appearance On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'
Nicole Kidman Makes An Appearance On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'
Nicole Kidman Makes An Appearance On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'
Nicole Kidman Makes An Appearance On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

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Jennifer Lopez Sleek & Chic For ‘American Idol’ Hollywood Week Auditions

'American Idol' Judges Attend The 'Hollywood Week' Auditions‘American Idol’ judge Jennifer Lopez is best known for her famous derriere, but this outfit shows off another amazing body part. Check out those abs! I don’t even want to think about how hard she worked- and how little she likely ate- to get that midsection. She looks amazing, though. Here’s Jennifer with Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. They’re filming the Hollywood Week for ‘American Idol’ where they start whittling down the list of selected singers for the live shows. RELATED: Jennifer Lopez is wheeling and dealing like a BOSS.

I’m loving Jennifer’s outfit here. The crop top with the baggy pants is a great combo, and they pop in bright green. Those heels are sick, even if my feet hurt just looking at them. Sometimes, when it comes to shoes, the pain is worth it- LOL.

Are you glad ‘American Idol’ stuck with the same trio of judges for this season? I think it was a good move. It was getting to the point where there was so much drama among the judges, no one really paid attention to the contestants. That defeats the entire purpose of the show! Do you plan to watch ‘American Idol’ this winter?

'American Idol' Judges Attend The 'Hollywood Week' Auditions
'American Idol' Judges Attend The 'Hollywood Week' Auditions
'American Idol' Judges Attend The 'Hollywood Week' Auditions
'American Idol' Judges Attend The 'Hollywood Week' Auditions
'American Idol' Judges Attend The 'Hollywood Week' Auditions
'American Idol' Judges Attend The 'Hollywood Week' Auditions
'American Idol' Judges Attend The 'Hollywood Week' Auditions
'American Idol' Judges Attend The 'Hollywood Week' Auditions
'American Idol' Judges Attend The 'Hollywood Week' Auditions
'American Idol' Judges Attend The 'Hollywood Week' Auditions
'American Idol' Judges Attend The 'Hollywood Week' Auditions
'American Idol' Judges Attend The 'Hollywood Week' Auditions

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19 Shocking Reality TV Scandals NO ONE Saw Coming (Well, Probably)

Reality TV and controversial, OMG moments go hand in hand. They’re the primary reason you watch The Real Housewives of Atlanta online (for example).

In the early days, though, such moments weren’t nearly as common or explosive. The Real World has nothing on some of the scandals of modern times.

Lately, it seems like we’re dealt one jaw-dropping reveal, moment or conflict after another. So many it’s almost become a struggle to keep up with them all.

That said, here are 19 of the biggest reality TV scandals of all time:

TLC Cancels Here Comes Honey Boo Boo


Give the network credit. It pulled the plug as soon as rumors spread of June Shannon dating her daughter’s former molester. EWWWWW!

Not all shockers take place with the cameras rolling, of course.

Jon and Kate Gosselin imploded off camera, while TLC just canceled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo because of June Shannon dating a child molester.

That never made it to air … and the show likely never would have if producers had known the tawdry extent of the Georgia matriarch’s past relationships.

Bottom line? Don’t expect an end to the madness anytime soon.

Despite what its title implies, you don’t watch Bad Girls Club: Redemption for the actual redemption, but for the bad girls clubbing each other. Just saying.

As long as producers and network executives believe that scandals equal ratings, awful behavior will continue to be the norm, rather than the exception.

Even if they don’t create drama on camera, the types of personalities likely to land shows in a more and more absurd TV landscape are likely loose cannons.

See now-canceled Sons of Guns and other examples.

This is just how it is these days. Some lament the state of TV for this reason, but there’s clearly an audience for it, and it appears to be growing if anything.

Click through and see which you would rank #1!

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Daily Link Love With ‘American Idol’ Judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr & Keith Urban

'American Idol' Judges Attend The 'Hollywood Week' Auditions

'American Idol' Judges Attend The 'Hollywood Week' Auditions
'American Idol' Judges Attend The 'Hollywood Week' Auditions
'American Idol' Judges Attend The 'Hollywood Week' Auditions
'American Idol' Judges Attend The 'Hollywood Week' Auditions
'American Idol' Judges Attend The 'Hollywood Week' Auditions
'American Idol' Judges Attend The 'Hollywood Week' Auditions
'American Idol' Judges Attend The 'Hollywood Week' Auditions
'American Idol' Judges Attend The 'Hollywood Week' Auditions
'American Idol' Judges Attend The 'Hollywood Week' Auditions
'American Idol' Judges Attend The 'Hollywood Week' Auditions

Here’s your daily dose of celebrity news and gossip, brought to you by the ‘American Idol’ judges: Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr.

  • Is Benedict Cumberbatch going to be the new Doctor Strange? (D Listed)
  • ‘Duck Dynasty’ teen Sadie Robertson has some strict dating rules! (OK! Magazine)
  • Rihanna launches Rogue Man Fragrance at Macy’s. (Moe Jackson)
  • Take a look at Amal Clooney’s gold dress for her second wedding reception. (Lainey Gossip)
  • Do you recognize Kevin Smith without his beard? (HuffPost Celebrity)
  • Check out celebs’ Halloween costumes to date. (PopSugar)
  • Alyssa Milano shares a breastfeeding selfie. (Celebrity Baby Scoop)
  • Apparently it’s legal for registered sex offenders to hang out with children in Georgia, so Mama June might not be in danger of losing her kids after all. (TMZ)
  • At 34, is Kim Kardashian perhaps a bit old for birthday parties? Especially in Vegas? (IDLYITW)
  • Here’s an extended preview of the ‘Breaking Bad’ spinoff, ‘Better Call Saul!’ (Evil Beet Gossip)
  • Uh-oh: why is Kate Middleton still staying with her parents despite her health improving? (Celeb Dirty Laundry)
  • Want to win a trip to meet Taylor Swift? Get the deets! (PopCrush)
  • Kenya Moore made good on her promise to donate $20K to the Detroit Public Schools. Will NeNe Leakes keep her word and match her donation? You can join in and donate yourself if you want. (Reality Tea)
  • Snooki introduces daughter Giovanna Marie! (Celebrity Babies – People)
  • Here’s our first look at Kendra Wilkinson’s daughter, Alijah. (Babyrazzi)
  • Judd Nelson is the latest victim of a death hoax: he proves it’s not true. (ICYDK)
  • Oops: Khloe Kardashian ripped her pants when she wasn’t wearing any panties. (Celebuzz)
  • What do you think of Maria Menounos’s Halloween costume? (Celebslam)
  • Julia Roberts says she’s already taken “a big risk” with her decision NOT to have a facelift. (Celebitchy)
  • Both Chris Brown and Rihanna were in the ATL over the weekend: did they hook up? (Bossip)

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Marcia Strassman Dies; Veteran TV Actress Was 66

Marcia Strassman, a veteran actress best known for roles on M*A*S*H and Welcome Back, Kotter, died today after a seven-year battle with breast cancer.

She was 66 years old.

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Curb Your Enthusiasm director Bob Weide confirmed Strassman’s passing on Twitter, writing:

“So sad that a sweet friend, kind person & wonderful actress Marcia Strassman lost her brave battle with cancer today.”

Best known for her lead roles in the TV series Welcome Back, Kotter and the comedy film Honey I Shrunk the Kids (along with its sequel, Honey I Blew Up the Kids), Strassman also served on the national board of the Screen Actors Guild.

“She was the funniest, smartest person I ever met,” said Julie Strassman of her sister. “And talented. She knew everything. Now I won’t be able to call her and ask her questions.

Strassman was born New York City, and grew up in New Jersey. She moved to Los Angeles when she was 18 years old.

“Wanted U2 No,a Funny,Talented Friend Died.Not 4U 2feel sorry 4me,but she died alone, &Energy from U is powerful &Sends (love) ‘Marsha (sic) Strassman,” Tweeted Cher in response to the sad news.

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R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014). He will forever be missed!

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Jennifer Lopez to Sign MEGA Las Vegas Concert Deal: Eat It, Britney!

She may still be Jenny from the Block.

But Jennifer Lopez will soon be able to live like a queen.

According to TMZ, the American Idol judge is nearing a deal to perform often in Las Vegas and, based on the contract, she’ll earn more per show than Britney Spears.

Jennifer Lopez in Singapore

Lopez is being offered $350,000 per show – yes, that’s $350,000 PER SHOW – to sing and dance at The Axis’ Planet Hollyood, which is the same venue in which Britney is currently performing.

But Spears is only taking in $310,000 per show.

However, Spears has signed on to do 96 concerts in a two-year period, while Lopez will do 72 concerts over the course of one or two years (about three per week).

So Britney will earn more than J. Lo over the course of her deal. ($29,760,000 to $26,383,326, for those keeping track at home. Neither singer will exactly be going hungry any time soon.)

By comparison, however, Celine Dion puts on 70 concerts per year and gets paid a total sum of $33,320,000 for her time in Las Vegas. This artist’s bank account will clearly go on and on.

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Jennifer Lopez is makeup-free in this close-up. But she did remember to bring her boobs.

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Oscar De La Renta Dies; Legendary Fashion Designer Was 82

Iconic fashion designer Oscar De La Renta has passed away at the age of 82.

Over the course of his more than 50 year career, De La Renta designed clothing for some of the world’s most famous women. Most recently, he designed Amal Alamuddin’s wedding dress

Oscar De La Renta Photo

Born in 1932 in the Dominican Republic, De La Renta first made a name for himself in the US by designing dresses for Jacqueline Kennedy.

In the decades that followed, first ladies Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bush frequently wore designs by De La Renta.

De La Renta was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, but appeared to be in good health in recent months.

The news of De La Renta’s death broke just minutes ago, but the most famous names in the world of fashion are already expressing their grief and condolences on social media.

Appearing at this year’s CFDA awards, De La Renta spoke of his recent health problems, saying, “Yes, I had cancer. Right now I am totally clean. The only realities in life are that you are born, and that you die.”

“We always think we are going to live forever. The dying aspect we will never accept. The one thing about having this kind of warning is that you appreciate every single day of life.”

De La Renta leaves behind a wife, a son, and several step-children.

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R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014). He will forever be missed!

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