The pop star’s publicity firm, PMK BNC, tweeted Thursday that Carey is departing the Fox series and planning a world tour in support of her new single “Beautiful.”
Fox and FremantleMedia said in a 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.”
Randy Jackson recently announced that he was also leaving the show.