After countless rumors that Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj would not be joining American Idol next season, the rumors have officially been confirmed.
On Thursday afternoon, Carey’s PR Firm took to Twitter to announce the singer’s departure, tweeting: “W/ global success of “#Beautiful” (#1 in 30+ countries so far) @MariahCarey confirms world tour & says goodbye 2 Idol.”
After Carey’s announcement, FOX released the following statement: “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.”
Minaj also shared her departure from AI via Twitter, tweeting: “Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn’t trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!!”