Simon Cowell, Mariah Carey: Why American Idol Judges Left The Show

As the faces of one of the oldest reality singing competition shows, American Idol judges made major news when they decided to leave the show. There have been dozens of changes to the judges panel over the years, with everyone from Jennifer Lopez to Ellen DeGeneres, as well as the infamous Simon Cowell, playing judge on the popular show, but each left for their own specific reasons.

Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest at an American Idol Season 10 event

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