Jackson says he will now focus on his company Dream Merchant 21.
TGIF! See what we’re chatting about over lattes:
• American Idol original judge Randy Jackson is leaving the show after 12 years. Jackson says he’s proud of his accomplishments on the show, and he’s “very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry.” Jackson will turn his attention to his company, Dream Merchant 21, and his other ventures. There’s no word if the three remaining judges will stay with the show. [CNN]
• Terrence Howard’s bitter divorce battle has come to an end. According to TMZ, a judge has made it official. In the settlement, Howard gets to keep all 25 of his bank accounts and both homes in Pennsylvania. His soon-to-be ex-wife, Michelle Ghent, was ordered to return a 2011 Range Rover. She gets to keep her bike, a BMW and she’ll also receive $5,800 a month in spousal support for the next three years. [TMZ]
• Yesterday, friends and family gathered in Atlanta to attend rapper Chris Kelly’s homegoing service. Da Brat, Jermaine Dupri and members of Xscape attended the service. Kelly’s former bandmate, Chris Smith, delivered the eulogy before the crowd. “He was a true friend. He wanted to see if I was alright,” said Smith. “I just want to say, I love you man. I would say Kris Kross forever, but without Chris, it ain’t never gonna be the same. But I hope our legacy for hip-hop is never forgotten.” [Rolling Stone]
• Yesterday, Lauryn Hill posted a short note on her Tumblr account thanking everyone, by name, who wrote to the judge on her behalf including Alicia Keys. “I also want to thank all of my family, friends, business associates, and fans who have called, emailed, sent texts and posted messages of concern, encouragement and support,” she wrote. “I appreciate the well wishes, and I thank you for your prayers.” It’s unclear when Hill will begin serving her three-month prison sentence for tax evasion. [Ms. Lauryn Hill Tumblr]
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