“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,” Fox, FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment said in a joint statement. “Nicki Minaj is a superstar who brought a level of honesty and passion to ‘American Idol’ and who had a tremendous positive impact on so many contestants this season. Given her extremely busy career, we understand and respect her decision and wish her the best.”
Carey didn’t quite announce the news herself, but simply retweeted news that she will be heading out on tour.
“W/ global success of “#Beautiful” (#1 in 30+ countries so far) @MariahCarey confirms world tour & says goodbye 2 Idol,” Carey’s PR firm PMK-BNC tweeted.
Meanwhile, Minaj took to her own Twitter page to tell her fans about the news.
“Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn’t trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!!”
Are you sad to see Carey and Minaj go?