Nicki Minaj 'American Idol' Exit Official: Singer Confirms on Twitter, Follows Mariah Carey Departure
Nicki Minaj has followed Mariah Carey in calling it quits as a judge on American Idol Thursday, according to CNN.
Minaj announced her departure from the Fox show today to her more than 16 million followers on Twitter. This was her first season with the popular singing competition show.
"Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn't trade it for the world!" the rapper wrote.
"Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!!" she added.
Minaj and Carey were brought on the show following the exits of judges Jennifer Lopez and Stephen Tyler, in an effort to improve the show's ratings.The show's season 12 finale aired earlier this month.
Idol topped the Nielsen charts as America's most watched program for eight years,but that streak ended in 2012. Since then the show's producers have made several changes.
Minaj became a new judge on the Fox singing competition last year along with Carey and Keith Urban. Minaj and Carey bickered on season 12 of the show and created tension that was uncomfortable to watch for both viewers and contestants.
Carey also confirmed her departure today. Earlier, the diva announced via a tweet that she was not returning to Idol so she can focus on her upcoming international tour.
The third judge to leave the show is Randy Jackson, one of the original Idol judges. He announced ahead of the season finale this year that this was his last season.
"It's been a life-changing opportunity, but I am looking forward to focusing on my company, Dream Merchant 21, and other business ventures," the musician and producer said.
Fox and Idol producer FremantleMedia said in a statement that they wished Minaj the best.
Urban, the fourth and only judge left, has not yet announced whether or not he will continue on Idol next season.
Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn't trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!!
— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) May 30, 2013